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Located in a village to the West of Cambridge, this property was formerly four small agricultural cottages that have been altered, adapted, and combined over time to create one cottage. Some of the previous works had had a detrimental impact on the character of the cottage and part of the brief was to sensitively restore the building, as well as rationalising the interior layout and to update the cottage to suit modern family life. The project also involved the demolition of an existing poor-quality flat roof rear extension and the construction of an extension that incorporated a new kitchen and a first floor gallery space.
The original house has been uplifted, featuring: replacement timber windows; additional eyebrow dormers within the re-thatched roof and the walls externally insulated and rendered which resulted in a transformation of the external appearance as well as vastly improved thermal performance. The contemporary extension has full-height triangular glazing to the gable and large glazed openings that flow out to the beautifully landscaped garden. Internally, the first floor gallery with minimalist glazed balustrading overlooks the open plan sitting and dining areas and provides framed views through to the garden with large rooflights over flooding the space with natural light.