The clients' wish to expose and restore the original panelling behind the dry lined walls of this Grade II listed, 17th Century Cottage acted as a springboard for the full renovation of this building. The removal of the wall finishes exposed a myriad of structural issues in the timber frame of the building, these issues have been addressed with a careful programme of remedial measures. The original panels and fixtures have been reinstated in line with SPAB guidelines. All of the new joinery is sympathetic to building’s period.
A number of sustainable elements have been used in this project: a Limecrete subfloor with Glapor insulation and underfloor heating have been installed throughout the ground floor. Sheep wool and cork insulations have also been used extensively. The narrow entrance to the basement has been excavated to expose a hidden brick arch, the Yorkstone clad stairs now make this an easily accessible plant room. A new roof was constructed over the dining room extension, the centre piece of this is a timber lantern light dressed with lead.
Roger Mears Architects