Two cottages in Norfolk become one

Posted on Thu, 9 May 2024 by KiM

Historically the two cottages were separate entities however they were usually occupied together. The accommodation in each was compromised; bedrooms accessed through bedrooms, cramped kitchens and no space where the occupants could gather. The scheme joined the cottages with an extension which freed up the floorplan and consolidated the spaces and created a large convivial dine in kitchen. The form of the extension was designed to reference the original pitched roofs of the cottages whilst the materials chosen were to contrast those of the existing cottages. The intention was that new and old elements were easily and proudly distinguishable. Elsewhere particular attention was made to preserve the integrity and character of the original cottages making interventions when only necessary. The emphasis for the interior decoration was that it should feel layered and lived in.
I am always a fan of a mix of modern and traditional so this renovation is a win for me, particularly if it means getting a large, functional kitchen in the end. Designed by Anna Haines; Architect: Kathryn Manning of Adaptation Architecture; Photos: Rachael Smith.

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