The Plum Pudding at Milton

Milton’s Plum Pudding is a proper village pub. Under its ownership of Jez and Mandy Hill, the former Admiral Benbow continues to grow as a hub for the village. The Plum Pudding is enjoying an increasing reputation for excellent food that is served in a welcoming atmosphere. It is drawing in repeat customers from across the vale.

To accommodate the increased demand, Jez and Mandy needed an extra room. Initially, their thoughts centred on the idea of adding a simple lean-to conservatory to the rear of the pub. Following a visit to Admiral’s show-site at Chilton, Jez and Mandy preferred the idea of an orangery – this would make for a distinguished extension.

Together with the Hills and their architect, we drew up plans. Here is the result:

Bifold windows and doors Milton

The extension not only harmonises with its surroundings, it adds interest and functionality. Key to this design is its flexibility. Aluminium framed bi-folding doors and bi-folding windows seal tight against winter storms yet allow for this new room to be opened to the outdoors in summer. Anthracite grey was chosen as the colour for the Smart Systems aluminium bi-folding doors and windows. This hardware is complemented by an oak foiled lantern style roof. The combination represents not only a link between the pub and its immediate surroundings; it reflects a link between past and present.

Plum Pudding completed

Builder Lee Myers oversaw the project, from concept to completion. Lee constructed new brickwork in the Sussex bond style, to match the Plum Pudding’s existing brickwork. Sussex bond features three stretcher bricks for every header brick, resulting in a pattern of subtle crosses. Sussex bond has traditionally been used for long stretches of masonry such as garden walls, and is a suitable load-bearing alternative to the more common stretcher bond style.

Plum Pudding evening

The internal wood cladding, the skirting boards and the structural timberwork, were constructed by experienced carpenter Albert. Most impressively, all the high-quality plasterwork was completed by Jez Hill himself. We’ve been pulling Jez’s leg by suggesting that he might spend less time pulling pints and, instead, come and do some plastering for us.

Plum Pudding_intIf you would like to sample the Plum Pudding’s renowned menu for yourself, the Plum Pudding can be found here.



Conservatories: designing-in light

One of the great benefits of adding a conservatory or orangery to your home is that it can be configured to fit your needs precisely. If we know about your interests and hobbies, and about your intended uses for this new space, then we can apply our collective expertise toward offering design solutions that will really work for you.

Sometimes people underestimate how lighting can affect their use of a room. In our houses, natural light usually enters through vertical windows only. This is not always ideal – there will likely be glare spots and dark spots.

In rooms with vaulted ceilings, skylights allow a more balanced distribution of natural light. A glass-roofed conservatory gives the most naturalistic lighting conditions, in that much of the light entering the conservatory is from above. This contributes to the blurring of boundaries between house and garden that is part of why we love conservatories! Should you wish to work on a laptop computer or tablet at mid-day in this room though, you may well find that there can be just too much of a good thing.

4802-smlSolution: a solid-roofed Admiral conservatory featuring vaulted and plastered ceilings with skylights in just the right places, giving you optimal levels of natural light, distributed exactly where you want it. If you know that you’d like to read books or work at your computer while at the same time having the perfect view of your garden – we will arrange the design elements to suit you and your location. Solid roofs can be tiled or panelled – the choice is yours.