Last weekend I was invited back to see a project near Thornbury, South Gloucestershire. The owners bought, extended and renovated their cottage in 2007, and decided last year that some additional alterations would further enhance their lovely home.
In the original alterations, the main front door led to a small hallway, and the owners felt some additional space would be useful, and that the door lacked a sense of it being the main entrance to the property. We designed a new stone porch, with a oak framed canopy for additional weather protection, and this has more cleared defined the entrance to the house. The gable ended design echoes the large two storey gable end extension built previously, and the same stone was used, against the main background of render. Reclaimed pan tiles help the porch immediately settle into the setting.
The owners also wanted to add a garden room to the end elevation of the house. They favoured using a timber frame design, with a solid roof. This room was designed to give a light, bright, additional reception room, offering views to their garden. We carefully planned the garden room, playing with the number of oak frame bays, and with the style of the roof, eventually opting for a subservient design, tucking in below the existing roof. The new entrance hallway and garden room have both been accessorised with beautifully well chosen furniture and decorations, mixing old and new items.
Alexandra Cork Home Designs designed and planned the porch and garden room, seeking planning permission and building regulations approval. The results really enhance the house, without detracting from the original alterations, and the oak and stone finishes help the additions to sit comfortably with the historic cottage.