COTSWOLDS FARMHOUSE

COTSWOLDS FARMHOUSE

Set in a Cotswold’s village down a secluded lane this traditional farmhouse has cleverly combined both old and new with its new extension. This has been achieved with the careful collaboration between the design team and contractors whilst ensuring key planning items were discharged at all stages.

Sep 3, 2018 | Architecture, Design

The farmhouse and farm are approached down a long narrow country road, exactly as you would expect in the Cotswold’s. Through usually open gates you immediately see a traditional building with surrounding outhouses and acres of land. The large open drive allows you to enter the main house or outbuildings from a number of locations. The new extension so far is subtle and has not taken away from the existing timeline of the building as it can only be seen from one side of the property.

The extension for best effect should be approached from the outside (at least at first). Traditional materials have been used to create the shell of the building with an oak structure and slate roof. This traditional approach suits the existing property and does not look out of place. However to ensure this is not just another ordinary space a large glazed gable end and ultra slim sliding doors have been installed around each elevation.

This not only maximises the light into the new extension but also ensures there is a real flow from inside to outside. This is a real twist on an otherwise traditional extension. The design of each elevation has been based around the ability to open up the main corner into the garden. This has been achieved by installing a pocket door meeting on a glass-to-glass corner with three larger sliding doors. When completely opened up a large proportion of the space is completely opened creating a unique dimension to the design. This space changes with the seasons and can be opened and closed to suit all conditions and planned occasions.

It should be noted with this sort of design the allowance of the movement in the oak should not be taken lightly especially when installing sliding doors. The alignment of the locks and door jambs have been affected in this instance. There should have perhaps been movement joints installed to try and minimise this.

Internally the key features are a modern piece of oak art that really compliments the design and a wood burning fire. These paired with light coloured furniture emphasise the clean and light design whilst adding a chic modern edge. The internal oak cladding and light / white sand coloured tiles also follow this trend.

 

This hybrid Cotswold’s extension really adds a new dimension to an otherwise traditional building. The intentional blend of old with new creates a light inside out space whilst simultaneously fitting in place with the existing farmhouse and outbuildings.

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