Sympathetic extension of a thatched 'Wells' Cotage
Fair Cottage was a typical 'Wells' House in the rustic style unique to West Chiltington. Thatched, and very tired, it's owners wanted to update it to provide all the luxury of a modern family house.
This was a big project. The front extension added two gables to create a large lounge and entrance hall. To the rear a kitchen extension added the space for a through kitchen/family/breakfast room..
The new extension housed a modern shaker kitchen with Aga
Effective use of catslide roofs adds character and space to ground floor
"We wanted a luxurious, modern family house inside a traditional building."
Key to the brief was use of sympathetic materials to ensure that there was no line between the old and new. To deliver the project we helped the client select from a group of local builders who had the skills to both build the extensions to modern standards, and finish the house to look as if it had all been there since 1928.
We also helped to source character replacement windows for the life-expired Crittals, and found a modern aluminium double glazed window that even passed the Conservation Officer's high standards.
"Ever since we completed the house, we've had people dropping in to congratulate us on how sympathetically it has been done. We must have given Peter & Lizzie's details to at least ten other couples looking to extend their homes in the area."
This was an extensive project that brought together the perfect mix of a lovely character house in desperate need of TLC and extension, with a couple keen to modernise, yet preserve the heritage, and a builder that could deliver the work to the required standards.
This 'before' picture shows the house was totally original
This shows how careful adaptation allowed for more living space.
Working with heritage houses calls for a complete mix of design and architectural skills, which is our unique ability. It also calls for much more than just pulling together a set of planning drawings, and requires you to choose materials that will be wholly sympathetic to every aspect of the building. Get it right, and the final building will look good and work well, both external and internally.
It's often the smallest of details that make the largest difference. In Fair Cottage there was a particular challenge with finding somewhere to put in the downstairs loo, that would give usable space, but not deprive the hallway of much-needed light. The solution was a strategically placed Suntube that flooded the 'dark' end of the hallway with light, giving the whole property a light and airy feel.