Cefnmachllys Farm

Cefnmachllys is a wonderful example of a 17th century longhouse. The house and farmstead are hidden in the hills near the Brecon Beacons.

The initial job for Jones & fraser was a pre-purchase survey. The house was in a bad way the roof, doors and windows were completely rotten. The floors were partially concreted, the chimney was falling down and the walls were soaking wet. This building had seen years of neglect. Thankfully there were enough great features still intact to keep the enthusiasm of our client. Some of these features included a great inglenook fireplace with original bread oven and pot crane still in place, a flagstone kitchen and an oak first floor.

Work began with the stripping of the roof. Once the building was down to wall level the walls were sured up chimney rebuilt. A whole new Douglas Fir roof was fitted including trusses, purlins and rafters. For a humble looking house the roof was quite complicated with a large full height 12’x 10′ roof window on the back lean-to, 4 conservation roof lights, a cat slide over the stairwell, a wholly new dormer window, flus and vents. The roof was finished with reclaimed welsh slates. Internally the roof received ample sheep’s wool insulation and was boarded with wood wool board and then plastered with cork plaster.

The ground floor was dug up and relayed onto one of the great and breathable flooring systems from Ty-Mawr Lime. In this case a ‘Sublime floor’. The whole ground floor received underfloor heating and was finished with reclaimed flagstones.

The walls were stripped of non-breathable material and given plenty of time to dry out. Internally the walls were re-plasterd with hemp plaster. Externally the walls were raked out, re-pointed with a bagged finish then given 5 coats of lime wash.

The house was fitted with a biomass system and a total re-wire.

The feel of the end project is an awesome space that hasn’t lost any of its character, charm or originality with all the comforts and efficiency of an up to date eco-home.


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