18th Century Cottages

We were awarded the contract to extend and convert a pair of cottages following competitive tendering.

Although new openings were formed between the cottages, our client decided to retain both sets of stairs to enable ease of access to rooms without either walking through rooms or forming new passageways.

The central fireplace and chimney stack were in poor condition following earlier alterations to the chimneys. Hence it was necessary to dismantle the stack to first floor level and rebuild the flues to allow the main fireplace to draw efficiently as an open fire. There is a distinct relationship between the size of the fireplace opening and the flue above. If the formula is not followed, the fire will not draw and the room will be filled with smoke.

As with properties of this age and condition, the floors were removed and replaced with Dpms and insulation, damp walls stripped of plaster and lined with a Delta membrane. Roofs were stripped and retiled with matching clay peg tiles and external joinery replaced as required.


GF – Study, Sitting Room, Cloakroom, Hall, Entrance Hall, Dining Room, Garden Room, Utility Room

FF – Stairs, Halls, Master Bedroom, Master Ensuite, Dressing Rm, 3 bedrooms and Family Bathroom

A new garden room was required to the end of the house – foundations and walls formed, green oak members and steelwork to formed a vaulted roof with perimeter glazing.

Replacement mechanical services were designed and installed together with bathroom and kitchen equipment.

The existing garage was converted to a sitting room and existing external openings closed off with matching limestone walling laid in soft lime mortar with ironstone galletting. Walls and floors were lined with membranes and insulated.

Externally, new surface arrangements were provided to protect the property from surface water using grids drains discharging to the adjacent farmlands and stream beyond.