Located in Chilcompton, Somerset, this Edwardian cottage was privileged to a clever rebuild and extension, some parts of which are visible, others are not—you'll soon understand what is meant by this. The project which was undertaken by FIT Architects, sees a marriage of different design styles and eras blended together in harmony, respecting the vernacular of the area, as well as adding a contemporary spin that coincides with 21st century living ideals. Take a look…
From this angle, we see a rear view of the home, and can understand where the extension is in relation to the existing home. The brief included a complete rebuild of the rear elevation, which of course, includes the new extension that gently exerts its presence from the original house. On top of this, two additional bedrooms and an ensuite bathroom have been included.
What you may not know, is that the first floor has also been extended, providing extra accommodation for the occupants. This section of the extension project is not visible, as the first floor was re-roofed and rendered in order to blend the new space harmoniously with the existing home.
The material quality on the external envelope of the façade is beautiful. The use of elongated pieces of sedum timber for the roof and raw stone finish for the walls reflects the history and charm of the Chilcompton area, as well as complement the existing home. A very tactile experience, the occupants can visually and physically see the bends and wonderful imperfections provided by such natural materials.
The new open plan kitchen and sitting area feels spacious and airy, and is definitely a space that the occupants would feel comfortable to relax and entertain in. Employing a mix of modern and rustic styles, the space feels warm and inviting. You can just imagine opening the doors out on a warm summer's day, or peacefully watching the snow fall outside during the peak of the winter months. The recessed skylights allow natural light to pour in from a different angle, providing a wonderful ethereal glow throughout the room.
The extensions allows the occupants to view the existing Edwardian house in all its glory. The difference in material form and architectural styles is obvious, yet not overwhelming, and allows both the extension and existing build to have a dialogue with one another. So as not to forget the history of the building, from a seated position, the occupants can read a book or enjoy a glass of wine and observe the slice of British history they live within.
From this angle, we are privy to a view of the new ensuite bathroom and one of the bedrooms. This modern internal layout and contemporary interior colour scheme looks fresh and uplifting. Tones of pale blue, grey and white reign supreme, and are in direct contrast with the rustic style living room and kitchen seen above. This melange of different decorating themes inside one property goes to show that it is indeed possible to merge two vastly contrasting styles together to great effect.
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