On Site Progress

Horsted Keynes


Renovation and extension to a five bedroom Grade II listed period farmhouse, believed to date from the 15th century. The grounds include a watermill, barn, lake, paddocks and private woodlands of about 11 acres.

The build is being achieved by the demolition of the external masonry walls, and construction of a modern extension to complement the period architecture. The two storey extension will allow for a larger kitchen and a larger master bedroom. This wonderful mix of old and new architecture will only enhance the beautiful building further.

Our clients are keen on the building being a sustainable environmentally friendly house. This will include a ground source heat pump for the heating of the water servicing the property, as well as a rainwater harvesting system to collect the water from the roof of the building. The rainwater will be stored in a tank for the use of garden taps, toilets, washing machines, etc. Once exhausted the unit will swap to use the mains water to replenish the tank until more rainwater can be collected.

“Due to the property’s Grade II listing status, the proper care, construction methods and materials must be used to maintain the character & integrity of the original building.  This demands more planning and research pre-construction, meticulous attention to detail to the plans and conditions and expertise to construct the build itself. A project of this nature therefore naturally has greater time and cost implications than a traditional build but executing a project of this kind gives immense satisfaction to those involved. We are delighted to be part of the preservation of this beautiful home and helping to preserve the integrity of a unique piece of British history.”

Joe Bruckland, JVB Construction


  • Grade II period property
  • Glass box extension
  • Oak staircase with bronze spindles
  • Underfloor heating
  • New bathroom suites
  • New kitchen
  • Ground source heat pump
  • Rainwater harvesting system