The hard work has been done for you at this former mill in Somerset’s Bruton, transformed by architect Stanley Merer into an award-winning home with a cache of intriguing spaces.
Provender Mill is a corrugated steel structure built to an American design during World War II at the centre of Bruton. Merer and his son Mark converted the building in 2000, preserving its industrial character and scooping a William Stansell award for its adaptive reuse.
The Somerset property has 4,780 sq ft of living space, spread over four floors, with each room a treasure for discovery. A vast sunken living room occupies the lower-split level with exposed steel beams and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out across the countryside. Bibliophiles will appreciate the custom-built bookcases and open tread staircase that hones the industrial vibe and contrasts rustic hardwood floors.
Provender Mill is on the market via The Modern House for £1.57m, and among its starry spots is the secret brick-walled courtyard garden, planted with jasmine, that catches the afternoon sun.
There’s also a separate work studio on the ground floor, which has steel-framed doors that open onto a second walled garden – inspiring surrounds.