The original tumbledown cottage on this site had long since reached the end of its useful life and our clients requested a unique contemporary replacement to sell on the open market.
Located in the then relatively newly formed New Forest National Park, planning policy (inherited from the District Council) dictated that the floorspace was no more than 30% greater than that of the original.
Our design subdivides the dwelling into two basic components: ‘private’ (bedrooms, bathrooms) and ‘public’ (living space, servicing). As always, we’ve attempted to produce a Tardis: a building of relatively small external dimensions which appears very big on the inside.
In order to increase the feeling of space, the principal living area (which measures approximately 4.5 x 10 metres) has a vaulted roof, ‘saddle’ roof light and one entire wall of glass. The latter, consisting of folding / sliding doors, opens onto a south facing verandah, thus extending the living area into the garden