Cuckoo Hill, Buckinghamshire
Chantry Architects were asked to extend a small rural cottage within a restricted planning zone. The solution was to reserve the existing dwelling, but design a second similar structure linked be a glass engineered atrium, set at an angle to reflect the restrictions of the site boundary. The existing cottage has extremely low eaves and the existing plan made it difficult to link the two elements at first floor level without losing valuable bedroom space. The solution was to build a glazed link to the side that would provide a new first floor corridor and a new ground floor covered entrance. Oak beams were chosen to add warmth to the expanse of glazing and blend with the rural aesthetic. The results have created a functional and elegant home.