Extension to Old Half Timbered Cottage

The project is extensions to an old cottage in three locations to provide a new porch entrance, an enlarged family kitchen with an enlarged bedroom above and a new Sitting Room with Office space over.

The porch and the kitchen extension follow an earlier extension using painted brickwork for the walls and a plain tiled roof. The Sitting room extension is treated as a visually detached construction with a glass walled and flat roof link to the main house. This is seen as a “barn” being appropriate to the edge of the rural village position of the house and this is further reflected in the choice of timber boarding for the walls and the use internally of an exposed oak frame. The walls of the “barn” are constructed in an insulated timber panel system over a brickwork faced base. The latter both forms a retaining wall to the front and sides of the extension, as the Sitting room is down several steps from the main house level, but also lifts the timber frame clear of any potential flooding to the lower part of the site which is close to a stream. The upper part of the Sitting room block has an office space built into the roof and reached by a staircase within the “barn”.

Photography: Roger Dyson Photography

RIBA AECB Architect in the House Architects Registration Board Association of Self-Build Architects