Country Houses, cottages and farm buildings have associated structures which are often underused or redundant. The restructuring of farming and other economic and demographic changes in the countryside provide both threats and opportunities in terms of retaining the historic interest of this building stock and its contribution to the wider landscape.
Conversely, smaller dwellings and cottages are often only one or two rooms per floor, plus a lean-to extension providing a scullery. The absent of sufficient ancillary accommodation provides challenges in terms of the extension and adaption of historic structures.

Bench Architects are frequently commissioned to convert redundant ancillary structures, or to mitigate the absence of ancillary accommodation in smaller dwellings.

The above includes:

  • Conversion of farmstead and cottage outbuildings for ancillary accommodation.
  • The design of new structures such as garages, home-offices and studios, hay barns and stables.
  • The repair or reconstruction of former ancillary structures such follies, pavilions and lodge and stables.


  • The Cottage - Hathersage, Derbyshire
  • Mount Pleasant Farm - Derbyshire
  • Old Farm House - Derbyshire
  • Dove Cottage, Derbyshire