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High performance timber casement windows and doors from the Conservation™ range by Mumford & Wood have been specified in a one-of-a-kind complete renovation of a red brick barn in rural south Norfolk, in the village of Old Buckenham.

The barn, which is immediately adjacent to the original working farmhouse that bears the date of 1583, was purchased at auction some years ago by the new homeowners who embarked on the 18-month build in early 2015.  The property enjoys beautiful views overlooking an expansive common of some 40 acres in a designated conservation area.  This challenging rebuild was encouraged by local planners to turn a dilapidated farm building into an eye-catching, single storey home with the proviso to, where possible, re-use the original materials.

“We worked with as much as we could; if we could salvage something, we used it,” says Tony, “and cleaning 13,000 Norfolk red bricks is not something you easily forget, but they look magnificent and with the retained flint detail, a typical architectural feature of this area, visitors are not sure if this is a new or old building.  We used a white mortar mix, similar to what would have been used back then, and you can see the tiny pieces of stone in it which is totally authentic.”  Salvaged red clay roof tiles have been mixed with reclaimed tiles sourced from local yards.

While the original footprint of the building has only marginally been extended the barn now provides ample guest accommodation and the master suite has both bathroom and dressing room.  The study, once a horse’s stable, now overlooks the original courtyard and there is clear photographic evidence of the timber hay feeder trough, taken at the time of the auction, which sadly couldn’t be salvaged.  Timber A-frames and purlins have been preserved: sand blasted, treated and installed in the vaulted ceiling space.  But the hub of this lovely home is the fabulous open-plan kitchen-cum-diner-cum-day room to the rear of the barn which provides a contemporary way of living and ample space for little ones to run and play under the watchful eye of grandparents.  Here two attractive open-out, four-leaf Conservation™ bi-folding doors have been installed providing masses of natural light and easy access to the contained landscaped garden.

“Our son Lee, and his building partner Bradley Beales, undertook all the skilled work and both share a love of retaining period authenticity and recovering the integrity of an aged building,” says Cathy.  “Bradley’s uncle, a retired master builder, also worked on the project and recommended Mumford & Wood timber windows.

“We are pleased we took his advice and the fact that he had used Conservation™ windows and doors in his own build was testimony enough for us.”  Made-to-order, double glazed casement windows have been installed throughout the barn.

Conservation™ windows are made to the exacting standards of the British Woodworking Federation’s Wood Window Alliance (WWA) scheme and are BRE A+ rated offering outstanding levels of thermal and acoustic performance.  Mumford & Wood’s windows and doors are  chiefly manufactured from premium, clear grade Siberian larch which is engineered for maximum strength and stability to help ensure long lasting aesthetics and performance, while at the same time achieving a perfect factory-finished, paint-ready surface typical of fine joinery.  Independent research carried out by the WWA on behalf of its members identifies that timber as a frame material offers the most sustainable and cost effective material with a life cycle of up to 65 years and more.

In addition, many products in the Conservation™ range, a carefully coordinated collection of sash and casement windows, French, balcony, bi-folding and entrance doors, meet Secured by Design standards to PAS 24 certification, the security standard required by Building Regulations; this also satisfies the Part Q – Security requirement for new-build properties.

Serial renovators Tony and Cathy are delighted with the many decisions they made in this project, from the renovation of the original timber barn doors, which are now a sliding show-piece in the lounge; internal doors and the hay loft door, all of which were painstakingly and lovingly given a new lease of life.  “Aesthetically everything works so well and these old timbers look fabulous with new oak floors and wooden A-frame beams,” states Tony.  “We know that together with the underfloor heating, many energy-efficient materials and systems, and these beautifully crafted windows and doors, we’ll be very comfortable this winter.  And we love the dual colour option – we chose white interiors, Skimming Stone for the exterior finish, and Hardwick White for the entrance door.  It works.”

Conservation™ products sit alongside the newly launched Classic™ range, which feature individual 12mm slim glazing with true bars and putty finish that are suitable for period buildings and conservation areas, as well as authentic single glazed products in the Heritage™ collection which are more suited to replacement and upgrade in listed buildings and fine architecture.

More product information is available at where the new product brochure, Aftercare Manual and detailed CAD drawings, NBSPlus and NBS BIM files can be downloaded.  The RIBA-Assessed CPD is available online and bookings can also be made for the new RIBA Factory Tour CPD.  Please also visit for detailed product specifications.  Alternatively call the Mumford & Wood sales team on 01621 818155.

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Mumford & Wood is a specialist manufacturer of bespoke, high-performance, thermally efficient timber windows and doors in period and contemporary designs including stunning feature windows.

A combination of modern manufacturing technology combined with authentic period detailing has earned the brand award-winning status.

All products are internally glazed for added security and the new colour match and dual colour paint or stain facility is a popular option.

Visit their showrooms in London and Essex.