Our clients purchased this ‘two up, two down’ cottage as a speculative building venture. Many years previously it had been extended, ad-hoc fashion, at the rear on two storeys. As a result it had become an unsightly and very uncomfortable, ill-planned house with floors that didn’t quite align.
However, many clouds have a silver lining - and in this instance, the bonus was that the two-storey rear extension had been constructed long before 1982. This meant that a larger extension was possible under local planning policy.
We therefore took the opportunity to make significant changes. First we replaced the flat roofed glazed lobby on the front with an open porch, thus retrieving the simplicity and attractiveness of the original elevation. Next, in addition to locating the extension behind the original cottage (thus ensuring the latter remained prominent), we separated it so as to create the space for a new centrally located entrance, complete with a new staircase and small gallery.