Modern extension to traditional cottage in conservation area
OCRA brief was to sensitively reconfigure the internal spaces to maximise the availability of natural light. The ground floor currently only benefits from natural light through the sash window on the primary facade, and small glazed door to the rear terraced garden. The uses on the ground floor therefore lack significant amounts of natural light, and the narrow terraced street (Irsha Street) opposite limits the availability of natural light reaching the window even further.
There has been an emphasis on ensuring the kitchen and living spaces are well lit; a juxtaposition to what currently exists. The client also requested that OCRA investigate removing the later additions to the dwelling as they are not true or authentic, and instead highlight the original features – potentially exposing areas of the cob walls within, and celebrating timber beams.
A key area which is sought to be celebrated is the well, which is positioned to the rear of the ground floor and looks through a glass lid to the water below. There is opportunity to increase the radius of the glass to view the stone walls and water below, and position activities around the well which ensure a greater connection to this unique attribute. There is also the desire to increase the size of the bathroom on the first floor and remove the kink which currently makes it difficult to re orientate the layout of the room. The rear conservatory which forms an extension to building has been clad externally in white UPVC, with timber boarding within; concealing the glazing. This part of the building is of poor quality and felt to be out of place in its context given the part-pitched rubber roof which does not tie in well with the flat roof behind. As a result, it is proposed that this is replaced.
As such OCRA working with the client and being cognicent of the heritage elements of the building have developed plans that look to include the following;