Sims Hilditch are shortlisted for the International Design & Architecture Awards 2014

Sims Hilditch have been shortlisted for the Residential £1 – £2.5 Million (Project Value) Award in the International Design & Architecture Awards 2014.

Foscote Manor is a stunning Grade II Listed Jacobean Estate in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by idyllic parkland.

The designers were tasked with taking a dark, austere property full of orange oak panelling, 80’s paint and wall finishes and an array of ugly interior features and transforming it into a light and airy, elegant country home. Up to the minute home technology, power showers, a beautiful new kitchen and plenty of room for the clients 8 children to play were all high on the list of priorities.


The house was in need of complete modernisation and the designers aim was to preserve the patina of the past, whilst seamlessly mixing in a modern aesthetic to create a more comfortable and elegant family home. As with all of their heritage projects Sims Hilditch wanted to celebrate the historic interior features of the property whilst carefully and respectfully updating the elements that were tired or outdated.


Taking 8,000sq foot of space and making it work as a comfortable family home; each room flowing seamlessly into the next and each space having its own character and identity. As with many of their projects, the original kitchen was a worry from the start. It was not until Sims Hilditch had worked on the project for over a year and the client had seen the metamorphosis of the rest of the house that it was agreed the kitchen needed an overhaul. Sims Hilditch set about designing a stunning and practical new Neptune kitchen suitable for such a large family to include 2 Sub Zero fridge freezers, 2 dishwashers, an Aga and a three metre long island with 10 bar stools.