Extension to Listed Cottage

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

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Work has recently been completed on a residential extension in the market town of Thame. Our role in the project was to design and specify a sympathetic extension that complied with strict planning requirements, as the thatched cottage is in a Conservation Area and is also Grade II Listed.

The small two bedroomed cottage has lots of character and period features, but was lacking a modern kitchen or living space. We used our design expertise and planning knowledge to best effect. This included seeking pre-application planning advice in order to discover what scale of extension would be acceptable within the context of the existing house and garden.

Our new design included a modest two storey section that was subservient to the main property, but had the addition of a timber and slate conservatory / garden room to the rear to provide extra living space. This feature allows plenty of natural light to flood in. Some internal alterations (such as new conservation-grade windows) were also designed to upgrade the original cottage. The whole project was specified by closely following conservation guidelines, and is consequently harmonious with the original building.

The homeowners are very happy with their new extension: “PCMS Design was very clever in gaining us extra features, which have really turned the project from an ordinary build to a superb living space. Working ‘hand-in-glove’ with our chosen builders ensured everyone was working off the same sheet, which is shown off by the quality of the finished build.”