Holt End Cottage is a nice example of vernacular architecture and although bursting with character it was too small and not very functional. The owners of the house approached CAP with a hope to improve house’s layout, appearance and to gain volume. I acted as a Project Architect for them from the stage of concept design to the building regulations approval. The task was interesting due to various constrains of existing structure. The extension was to be accessible from 2 floors but ideally to have the generous headroom to give a new area a sense of spaciousness. Introducing the mezzanine allowed me to achieve the goal. The original house required also major refurbishment. To enhance house’s character and improve its looks we advised that render is removed to reveal the beautiful stonework with brick quoins and the decaying softwood windows are replaced with hardwood ones.
Location: Gretham, Hampshire