A Listed Cottage Gets A Spectacular Renovation







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This week's renovation tour is of @housfolk on Instagram and is one of the most spectacular projects we have come across. It's almost like two separate renovations; a 400 year old cottage which was completely stripped back and restored, and then there is the new kitchen extension which is of epic proportions and quite outstanding, both inside and out.

We love how these two buildings are completely opposite in design yet sit so perfectly together. The owners have managed to merge the interior style to make the whole house seem like one, whilst being sympathetic to the period of each building. 

We chat to the owner Steph who shares with us her renovation story - so inspirational if you are considering a renovation of this scale.

Can you tell us about your home and renovation project?

We bought the run down 400 year old listed farmers cottage six years ago just after my son was born, my husband spotted it was up for sale while out walking and instantly fell for its picturesque spot, charm, and potential. 

The cottage itself needed extensive repairs including rewiring, partial replacement of the timber frame, new custom made windows, a full re render and a new thatch not to mention a complete rejig of the layout. 

As the building is listed we spoke with listed buildings and the planners to discuss what we wanted to do. The extension to the cottage was a necessity for us to make it work for our family. Luckily for us the planners and listed building liked our design and we got planning to go ahead. It took approximately a year to complete. 

The restored cottage sits perfectly with the new extension

Your home is a listed building - did this present challenges at planning and how did you overcome any?

We had an open discussion with listed building from the outset, the design we presented using a glass link to connect the two buildings really kept the integrity of the original building, the modern design of the extension showed a clear division between old and new. We wanted to bring the old cottage back to its former glory so using the original products that listed building insisted on wasn't an issue for us. We expected planning to take a year however it only took nine months, having realistic time lines definitely helps when dealing with planning departments. 

The view to the modern kitchen from the cottage

Did you have a renovation hero?

We don’t really have renovation hero’s but we are massive fans of Grand Designs and architectural designs in general.  

This view is just the best

What are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of being able to marry the two very different types of building with a style that is sympathetic to both 

We love the modern bath with the original beams in the restored cottage

Where is your favourite place in your home now?

The extension is my favourite part, it really delivers the wow factor and frames the view beautifully, that being said I also enjoy the cosiness of the cottage. 

How cosy is the lounge area - the perfect place to curl up and relax

What advice would you give to someone about to start a renovation project on this scale?

Planning and preparation is key, being organised and knowing what you will need when is so important. I created a spreadsheet which listed each room, what items we needed to purchase, where I had ordered from, cost and delivery due dates etc. Not having things ready to go when the trades need them will delay the renovation project. Getting a timeline from your builder and checking it weekly helps you to stay on top of the progress.

Beautiful bedroom in the restored cottage

Would you do another renovation?

Absolutely, we really enjoy renovating properties and unlocking the potential, we are always on the look out...watch this space! 

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Published: May 5, 2020

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