Valley Cottage, located in the village of Gressingham, is a charming 3 bedroom cottage with beautiful gardens dating back to the 17th Century. With stone walls, a slate roof, large open fireplaces and exposed timber beams throughout, the property has an abundance of original features and character.
HPA were asked to design an extension to provide comfortable, open-plan living accommodation for the new owners. It was important to also bring the existing cottage up to modern living standards, whilst also respecting the original building.
The building, although not Listed itself, is located within the boundary of Gressingham Conservation Area and is within view of a number of Listed Buildings in the local area.
The final design features large windows, a metal standing seam roof and an exterior clad in charcoaled timber resulting in a modern contrast to the historic building. The roof is of an apex design, mirroring the roof on the existing cottage, however it is lower in height to ensure the extension is subservient to the existing building. To tie the two spaces together, the new extension will sit on a stone plinth using reclaimed stone from a lean-to which will be demolished to make space for the new extension.
Overall, the design shows a clear difference between 17th Century & 21st Century builds, ensuring none of the charm and character of the original dwelling is lost whilst providing much needed extra space for the new, young owners. We look forward to seeing this build progress onsite.