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  • Writer's pictureFran Stockwell

When refurb becomes rebuild...

Updated: May 28, 2021

Take a pretty Somerset cottage with an outdated interior layout, add some ancient wattle and daub, some stripping out of the interior and what are you left with?

A open fronted house!

I started working on this project as a refurbishment, extension and loft conversion.

However, once the interior started to be stripped out, the circa 150 year old wattle and daub frontage collapsed in a spectacular pile of rubble.

Back to the drawing board, this time to draw up plans for a rebuild of the front of the house incorporating refurbishment of the exterior.

This was a hand drawn project, keeping to the original footprint of the property but recreating the original feel of a cottage with a contemporary living space.

Planning permission applied for and granted - a new lease of life for the cottage.

So the rebuild begins.....

Work began on the rear of the the building turning the former outbuilding and greenhouse into a contemporary kitchen / dining area with lantern roof over to maximise light.

A modern open living space.

And the story continues....

Update: March 2020

The front of the house has been rebuilt in block.....

and work begins to create the rear extension.

Update: May 2020

The house has now been re-roofed and is water tight. A large dorma has been added to the rear of the property, incorporating three windows.

The rear extension has been raised to second storey level creating an extra bedroom space, Then continued at ground floor level to provide an long kitchen / living area.

A sedun roof is created to both rear extension levels

The external walls are being rendered. The original part of the house rendered with Parex render in keeping with the original render, sponge finished on the front of the house, while the rear was scratch finished render to appear weathered in keeping with the previous build.

Work begins on the internal structure.

Update: September 2020

Internal work continues to create a master suite on the top floor of the house with a walk through wardrobe area and ensuite. Three bedrooms, ensuites and a family bathroom on the first floor. Downstairs a large lounge and spacious hallway leading to the backdoor lobby/reception area and large kitchen/living area opening out into the garden through bi fold doors.

Update: May 2020

The house is now completed and marketed

(video courtesy of Gibbins Richard Estate Agent)

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