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The project involved the conversion and refurbishment of a redundant Grade II listed Church of England, 19C parish church in Dunkirk, Kent to create a high specification four-bedroom residential dwelling with a secluded garden.
Entering from the East end, a door leads into an entrance vestibule where a stone archway with a reeded oak door leads to the main entrance area. A full height open space with stone steps leads up to the former chancel, with leaded light windows and original stained glass windows above.
The ‘open-plan’ main living area has been divided into four distinct spaces with seating and dining areas over two heights, with the lower area being designed as a less formal area with a study space. The kitchen is at a different level with a utility room and cloakroom close by.
The first floor is approached over a glass staircase with an oak and steel balustrade leading up to an extensive galleried landing that overlooks the main reception area, with a large central glazed floor area creating a dynamic focal point to both the ground and first floors.
On the first floor there are four bedrooms, two en-suite bathrooms and a family bathroom. The tower room at the end of the landing has a stainless steel ladder leading up to the roof of the tower.
To achieve the conversion of the parish church to a stunning residential dwelling involved detailed negotiations with the local authority, Church of England surveyors, Friends of War Memorials Organisation and the Environment Agency.