Find out how this property went from draughty chapel to energy efficient home

zinc two storey extension to brick converted chapel
(Image credit: Mark Ashbee)

Built in 1882, and converted by a previous owner, this former Methodist chapel in Oxfordshire was in a poor state of repair when Sarah and Mike Hyland bought it in 2017. Overlooking fields on the edge of a rural hamlet, the property had been extended over the years with various structures, including a large brick addition, built to one end in the 1980s.

“We had decided to downsize from our house in the next village once the children left home, and started looking for a project in the area,” says Sarah. “The old chapel’s quiet location was appealing, but it wasn’t the prettiest of buildings, the layout was traditional, and the interiors were dated.”

Debbie Jeffery
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