Thought to have been built in 1824, Reeds Mill was built at a time when grinding wheat was so profitable it was not just the great estates but also the church that controlled milling.
Locally listed, it remained as a ruin in the Fagg family for nearly 100 years when, seeing the potential in its refurbishment, the family recently set about converting the derelict shell into a home with a new-build barn and glass conservatory attached to the refurbished mill building.
A key part of the project was how to link the mill tower to the new-build house, ensuring a conservation theme throughout so that the building was sympathetic to its origins. The second biggest challenge was how to use the space in the mill appropriately for living areas, allowing as much natural light and ventilation as possible to the barn.
Architect David Benge of David Benge Design Associates specified the Conservation Rooflight® from the Rooflight Company for this project as he wanted to replicate the style of windows that would have been used back when the mill was working.
David works mostly with listed buildings in the Canterbury area and has specified the Conservation Rooflight® many times before.
The result is a fantastic architectural design overlooking an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of the Kent County. The Reeds Mill project featured on Channel 4’s The Restoration Man (Series 2, Episode 1).
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