A period-style extension

Adding a two-storey extension, including a kitchen, living and family room and a bedroom suite above

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The design

A two-storey extension, including a kitchen, living and family room and a bedroom suite above.

The budget

Around £150,000

The brief

To create a quality, modern living space, while retaining the charm and intimacy of the thatched cottage.

Douglas Riach of Riach Architects (riacharchitects.com) explains how the brief was achieved:

‘The concept was to create a contrast between the low ceilings and small spaces in the thatched cottage with a large contemporary space, which included a kitchen, living and family room on the ground floor and a master bedroom suite on the first floor.

‘The owner wanted to thatch the new roof, but the planning authority insisted on a contrasting material so that it would be clear the extension was a new building. Traditional materials were used, including stone, brick and slate, and the design and scale of the extension was developed in respect of the character of the existing cottage, without sacrificing larger volumes and spaces within the building.

‘The fully-glazed corner of the new extension creates a visual link between the interior of the property and the garden, while the large sliding doors allow the space to be opened up during the summer months, therefore creating seamlessly connected indoor and outdoor spaces.’

In the gallery: This extension uses a variety of materials to complement the original thatched cottage. A slate roof helps to differentiate between old and new.