Planning Permission Granted for Valley Cottage, Gressingham - HPA

Planning Permission Granted for Valley Cottage, Gressingham

HPA are pleased to announce that Planning Permission has been granted for an extension to Valley Cottage. 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.

The Brief:

HPA were tasked with the challenge of extending the cottage to provide comfortable, open-plan living accommodation for the new owners, whilst also respecting the original building. It was important to also bring the existing cottage up to modern living standards, without having a detrimental impact on the character.  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 Design:

HPA developed a number of concept sketches to show how the building could be transformed with an open plan kitchen / living area extension. After discussions with the client, both parties agreed the best way forward would be to create a strong, modern contrast to the original house, in order to remain true to the original property. Therefore, the final design features large windows, a metal standing seam roof and an exterior clad in charcoaled timber.

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. Now that Planning Permission has been granted from Lancaster City Council, we are looking forward to seeing this build progress onsite.

If you are looking for help with transforming your home, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are always happy to discuss your project to see if we can assist you in any way.

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