When Chris and Jenny Looker converted this Victorian school, the near-derelict building comprised the original school from 1875 and several additions including a prefabricated canteen from the 1940s. It also included a 1980s extension built after the school closed in 1977.

The footprint of the building remains the same, but the couple have knocked down most of the additions and rebuilt the 1980s extension using materials and reclaimed items to match the original Victorian school. They have also extended upwards into the ceiling void, as the floor to ridge height is over 7.5m, making it viable to introduce a first floor inside the building.

Among the reclaimed architectural features are oversized (2.5m-high) doors previously used as dividing walls in a Victorian church and reclaimed patio slabs, originally from Leicester Square.

Project Notes

Project: Period school conversion

Location: Buckinghamshire

Build time: Mar 2011 – Dec 2012

Size: 500m²

Plot cost: £450,000

Build cost: £580,000

Value: £1.35m

Victorian school before conversion

The near-derelict Victorian school building before works started

Converted school at night

At night, the coloured LED lighting scheme in the kitchen diner is clearly visible

Kitchen diner in converted Victorian school

Windows in the large kitchen diner were lowered to maximise the light and garden views

Kitchen in converted Victorian school

The purple, grey and blue colour scheme was recommended by Farrow & Ball

Living room in converted Victorian school

The linings for the oversized doors, as in the living room, were made on site

Bathroom in converted Victorian school

Underfloor heating is used throughout, including the second storey ensuite bathroom

Bedroom in converted Victorian school

The triple arch church window for the master bedroom was sourced from a reclamation yard

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