Contemporary green oak framed extension to cottage in Colerne

We refurbished, extended and reorganised a stone cottage in a village Conservation Area and Green Belt to maximise the south westerly views and connection with its garden. Two complementary green oak framed extensions were added to the living spaces transforming the plan with light open space.

Contemporary green oak framed extension to cottage in Colerne

We refurbished, extended and reorganised a stone cottage in a village Conservation Area and Green Belt to maximise the south westerly views and connection with its garden. Two complementary green oak framed extensions were added to the living spaces transforming the plan with light open space.

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A modest stone cottage in a village Conservation Area and Green Belt was in need of refurbishment and reorganisation to maximise the south westerly views and the connection with its garden. Two complementary green oak framed extension were added to the living spaces and additionally general improvements were made to the layout of both floors to open up the living areas and make maximum use of the restricted spaces.

Green oak framing with overhanging lead roofs were chosen as traditional materials in the contemporary design of the garden rooms; one opens off the cosy living room; the other extends the open plan kitchen and dining areas into the garden to the west, adding daylight and taking advantage of the stunning valley views. Other simple interventions such as dropping window cills reinforce the link with the garden. Calm colours and natural materials such as stone and oak increase the sense of space, delighting the clients. Underfloor heating was added to parts of the ground floor and all the first floor, eliminating the use of radiators in these rooms and providing a comfortable heat source.

This project was a finalist in the LABC Awards for 2010 for Best Domestic Extension in the south west region.

This project was a finalist in the LABC Awards for 2010 for Best Domestic Extension in the south west region.

 

Contemporary Green Oak Framed Extension to Cottage in Colerne

A modest stone cottage in a village Conservation Area and Green Belt was in need of refurbishment and reorganisation to maximise the south westerly views and the connection with its garden. Two complementary green oak framed extension were added to the living spaces and additionally general improvements were made to the layout of both floors to open up the living areas and make maximum use of the restricted spaces.

Green oak framing with overhanging lead roofs were chosen as traditional materials in the contemporary design of the garden rooms; one opens off the cosy living room; the other extends the open plan kitchen and dining areas into the garden to the west, adding daylight and taking advantage of the stunning valley views. Other simple interventions such as dropping window cills reinforce the link with the garden. Calm colours and natural materials such as stone and oak increase the sense of space, delighting the clients. Underfloor heating was added to parts of the ground floor and all the first floor, eliminating the use of radiators in these rooms and providing a comfortable heat source.

At the end of the day you can’t undo it once it’s built and endless trouble was taken to meet our needs and peculiarities. We are now reaping the benefit of the trouble taken and adaptability shown in the early stages. We found our architects to be skilled at getting on the right side of the planners. Indeed comprehensive research in this direction beforehand had led us to HRA in the first place. …

The builders clearly respected the architects and this gave us confidence that the work would be properly done. None of this came cheap but pricing was fair and indeed our architectural fees were rather beneath what we expected for the time and level of service offered.

I need hardly conclude by saying we would use the same architects again and indeed have already recommended them to others whenever the occasion has arisen.”

 

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