Client A Sims had not long purchased a quintessential English cottage, but found that 17th century living was far from ideal.
The original thatch cottage had already received a double storey addition in the 1980’s, but this was far from adequate to
live in the 21st century.
The property located right on the boundary with an open field, had three bedrooms, a study and a bathroom in the eaves;
but these were all small and inadequate, plus bedroom two had an odd shape caused by the configuration of the external wall
The client’s brief is to add a utility room on the ground floor, plus a Master Bedroom and Ensuite above, and reconfigure the rooms to remove the funny shape described above. The utility room is to house the down stairs toilet, and also to house the Air source Heat Pump’s electric cupboard which replaces the aging boiler, and provides heating and hot water for the entire house. On the ground floor large double doors open onto a timber deck, while from the master suite double doors open out towards the field’s views with your fall arrested by the rails of the Juliet Balcony. Oak timber beams fill the internal roof void with a majestic posture as seen in images below.
New brickwork (with colours to match the existing chimney stacks) complements the existing render which covers the entire property.
The large dormer over the Juliet Balcony provides a focal point for the extension, but also ties the building to the existing – with its own dormers.