Peak District National Park

We will shortly be tendering the main construction package for the refurbishment and extension of Sterndale House in the Peak District National Park. This Victorian stone building has been part of our client’s family for generations and is now in need of a sensitive refurbishment to bring it up to modern living standards. In summary, we are replacing the old oil-fired boiler with electric heat pumps, re-wiring throughout, fitting a new kitchen and bathrooms, extending into the loft, extending out to the side, internally redecorating, and generally upgrading the existing building fabric.

The key to making this home fit for the future is creating a ground floor TV room that can easily be converted into a level-access bedroom with an adjacent bathroom. Likewise, the kitchen and dining areas re-arrangement to make the most of the orientation, connection to the garden, and long views of the open countryside.
Our interiors team has been beavering away designing a Victorianesque interior worthy of its idiosyncratic owner. Ornate mouldings, panelled walls, bold wallpaper and unexpected finishes are utilised to imbue a sense of whimsy and playfulness, where each room surprises and delights.

The most significant changes to the property, however, are unseen. Re-constructing, insulating and sealing the floors, roof and windows allow for the installation of an energy-efficient heating system without the need to insulate the 0.5m thick exterior stone walls. This hidden upgrade enables the house to retain its historic character and charm while meeting the sustainability goals of its owner.

If you are a contractor based in the Peak District or Buxton, please contact me to register your interest in tendering.

InsideOut has considerable experience sensitively upgrading historic buildings. Currently, we have several heritage projects on the boards, including our oldest building to date, The Eight Bells Pub, which contains remnants of a 16th Century timber-framed house.