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New life for a cottage in ruins

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Some of our favourite projects on the homify platform are those that have been salvaged from the wreckers and given a totally new lease on life. Though this cottage, like many other transformation projects we've seen, was in a poor state and suffering from years of weathering and lack of repair, it too, was afforded a second chance and awarded a series of upgrades that totally changed the internal spatial layout, carbon footprint and external aesthetic envelope.

Completed by Fraher Architects, Garden Cottage consists of a former stable block and period house. The original architecture has been paid homage to, as has the picturesque landscape of the site, to create a home that is fresh and modern. Take a look…

A stunning landscape

When you imagine an English cottage or barn, a luscious country setting like this is exactly what would spring to mind. An expanse of green grass, trees and of course, a quaint wooden fence, come together to create a picture perfect image that was often immortalised in paintings by English artists.

New beginnings

From up close, we're able to fully understand and appreciate how the new cottage fits in with its surroundings and with the remaining segments of the existing building. Though the style has very much been retained in terms of shape, the materials, textures and of course, layout, has been drastically improved to suit the needs and demands of 21st century living. Translucent in materiality, the bi-fold windows and doors help to blend the modern renovation into the original property and open up the cottage in such a way the line between inside and out has been blurred. 

Fresh & modern

In this image, we can see the transitional spaces inside the renovated cottage, and how clever nooks of space have been used for storage. The neatly plastered white walls, without cornices, instantly make the space look larger, as it is difficult for the eye to distinguish where the corners start and finish. The dispersion of light into the space is interesting too, coming from a myriad of different directions it casts an ethereal glow thanks to the wall finish and muted colour palette.

Kitchen capers

The kitchen is sleek and modern both in style and ambience. This is definitely a space where both serious cooks and amateur home chefs could realise their culinary masterpieces. The large bi-fold window, which neatly stacks up to one side, not only looks incredible but also allows for proper ventilation. Neatly recessed into the ceiling are a series of unobtrusive downlights, providing additional light for when the sky outside is grey. The choice of pastel pink for the splashback is an interesting contemporary touch, and complements the luscious green scenery outside to a tee.

A room with a view

To finish, we have a view from the kitchen looking out into the landscape. The exposed rafters and ceiling beams provides a wonderful contrast to the stark white walls and parquet flooring, and reminds us of the cottage setting. You could almost say that this is a completely modern interpretation of a traditional style cottage.

If you'd like to see another cottage transformation, we recommend the following ideabook: Before & after: Refurbished stone cottage

What is your favourite aspect of this cottage extension and renovation project? Let us know in the comments section below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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