Introducing The Old Mill – Part 1
26 May 2021
Meticulous planning goes into each and every project we work on and that’s happening even before we are chosen as the architectural glazing supplier. The hours, weeks and months of research and planning by the project team is vital to ensure the build and vision are achieved on time, on budget - and meet the brief.
Our project at The Old Mill in Milford on Sea perfectly demonstrates the love, care, expertise and time it takes to achieve an exquisite build. Clients Simon & Amy have embarked on an ambitious and exciting project to bring new life to The Old Mill and we’ll be sharing the story of the project over the coming months.
Introducing The Old Mill, Milford on Sea
The story of The Old Mill dates back to 1750 when it was built, along with The Miller’s House and Coach House shortly after, all of which remain on the site today. Pre 1922, there were also two further buildings that sadly didn’t survive. There is also believed to have been a mill at this site dating back to the Domesday book, over a thousand years ago. So, the site and buildings have historical importance for the area.
The Old Mill sits on a 4.5-acre site in the village of Milford on Sea, nestled in the beautiful surroundings of the New Forest. Since 2009, the buildings have stood empty, awaiting a brave couple to take on the opportunity! In 2017, Simon and Amy purchased the site and, after an extensive planning period and, having garnered significant support from the community, they were granted permission to bring all of the remaining three buildings back to life.
The importance of a specialist architectural glazing supplier
The plans for The Old Mill are intended to breathe new life into the three buildings, with the addition of an extension to link all of the buildings together as one and create a family home.
Working with an architect, Simon and Amy have pored over the plans to ensure The Old Mill is a stunning family home and contributes to the saving of historic buildings at risk and to the community of Milford on Sea, given its importance and location to the village.
Integral to the design is the glazing which will be featured. In addition to the glazing linking the existing buildings, the new extension incorporates the areas of the two buildings lost to the site, preserving their memory and the history of the whole site.
The extension and glazing that you are providing is absolutely key in the success of this project. We are so pleased to have found Exact, your presentation and open approach has made us feel very welcome and valued already. This is the single biggest expense in the entire project and is the real wow part of our dream home.
Appointing and working with the right suppliers for each stage of a project is critical to its success and smooth running. From enquiry, survey and logistics through to installation and aftercare, our end-to-end collaborative project management approach mean that our highly-skilled, specialist team are working with you throughout the project.
Specifying architectural glazing takes expertise, experience, and planning; skills our team has and maximises on each project.
We aim to start each project with an Initial Project Consultation. During your consultation, we take the time to listen and fully understand the needs and vision of the project. We want to ensure we are the right partner for your project and can deliver the architectural glazing solutions to fit your needs. To find out more about our approach, read our recent article.
Working with one specialist architectural glazing supplier
The Exact team works with you and the project team throughout each stage of the project. Choosing one specialist partner for your glazing means you have a dedicated team providing clear and concise communication, seamlessly managing each step. This is particularly crucial to ensure the logistics of installation are planned to meet the onsite build schedule.
Following initial site visits for planning and survey, the Exact team have already been on-site at The Old Mill preparing the openings for the glazing. In part 2 of this story, we’ll share details of how the architectural glazing was specified, following the Initial Project Consultation and showroom visit.
Are you planning a project which requires exquisite architectural glazing? Get in touch with us today to arrange your Initial Project Consultation and find out more about the Exact approach and how we can work with you to achieve your vision.