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New Home is an Award Winner

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A Hethersett couple’s dream of turning derelict farm buildings into a bright modern bungalow has not only become reality but has won them a top local conservation award. 

Hugh and Vic Redington moved just 50 yards down a private drive when they sold Home Farm in Ketteringham Lane to set-up home in Pump Hall. 

It was a huge risk for the couple who had the dream of turning the derelict outbuildings, which included cart sheds, cow sheds and open stables, into a spacious retirement home. 

“When we bought Home Farm in 1999 it came with the outbuildings which were a set of old barns in very tumbledown condition. The buildings had become something of a liability and it would have cost us quite a lot of money to have them pulled down, so we decided to do something with them. 

“It really was a matter of use it or lose it and so we had plans drawn up. We sold Home Farm last summer and Pump Hall was finished at the end of September,” Vic added. 

Along with three bedrooms, two reception rooms, a kitchen and a number of bathrooms and toilets, Pump Hall also incorporated a very advanced heat pump source that works under the floor. It also has a solar panel on the roof and additional heating is available from wood burning stoves. The whole building also works on light and open spaces and was awarded a high commendation in the conservation category of the South Norfolk Council’s 2008 design awards. 

The awards also recognised the contributions of designer Heather Longman of Thurlton and builders David Fairhead Ltd, also of Thurlton. 

“We are delighted with what has been achieved. We have a home full of interest and character. We were aiming for a home that was both comfortable to live in but which also had plenty of light and which was energy efficient,” said Vic who previously had considerable experience of building work in her position as Head of Old Hall School. Husband Hugh is also a retired high school teacher. 

The design of Pump Hall has incorporated much of the original brickwork and its name harks back to the past. 

“The original house on this site was called Pump Hall before being re-named Goward’s Farm and then Home Farm. The land was still being farmed as recently as 1998,” Vic added. 

The judges praised the originality of the scheme and the close collaboration between “designer, client and builder with clear evidence of attention to details and a high standard of workmanship throughout. 

“Overall the scheme has provided a low cost, low maintenance retirement home, designed to gain maximum comfort and benefit from the original internal spaces and from the aspect and setting of the building.”