church cottage, melchbourne


The contemporary extension is sited between a Grade 2 listed cottage, Victorian garage and a three storey water tower. The part-sunken extension is deliberately low level, as seen from the access road to the property, to maintain views of the church and cottage.


The extension has a low level brick wall, reinforcing the enclosure to the landscaped garden, forming its western side. This when viewed from the road is  discrete and subservient to both listed cottage and church and intended to appear as a garden wall . In contrast to this the opposite side of the extension is full height and contemporary in appearance with both facades almost completely clad in floor to ceiling glass. The living space and master bedroom relate directly to a large part sunken open courtyard.


The cottage and extension are sensitively brought together with a lightweight glazed linking box. The flat roof is also integral in connecting the listed cottage and Victorian garage; with the use of a green roof the structure appears as an extension to the landscaped gardens.


The scheme evolved closely through the design process in tandem with the council's Conservation team with complete consideration  given to the overall master plan.