13 Royal Crescent

Montpellier

Cheltenham

GL50 3DA

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CONTEMPORARY EXTENSION | HERITAGE

Cotswold Farm House

The owner of this beautiful c17th listed former farmhouse approached us to explore possibilities for its refurbishment, after seeing a recent piece in the Sunday Times Home Section about our renovation philosophy. The house has both agricultural origins and associations with the National Trust Owned Grade I listed Chastleton House, as it was formerly part of the estate and at one time it was believed to be the estate laundry. The associations with the Chastleton Estate, the close proximity of a number of significant listed buildings and the building’s prominence in the conservation area, make this a very sensitive location for development.

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Our approach, working closely with a heritage consultant, was to unpick the history, significance and phasing of the historic built fabric of the house. This analysis was used to inform a design approach that focused on several sympathetic alterations to the house as well as a comprehensive program of repair.

A new kitchen addition is proposed on the site of the former garage inspired by the waney-edge boarding, the form of the existing lean-to and the building’s agricultural roots.  This new addition enhances the setting of the existing farmhouse through the use of a simple form and limited material palette which evokes the history of the building in a contemporary way.