Nr Bere Ferrers, Devon
Watermans is a cottage situated close to the River Tamar with in the hamlet of Hole’s Hole, which resides between Bere Ferrers and Bere Alston in Devon.
The new extension replaced a two storey bathroom extension and adjoining single storey extension, with the latter being designed as a single pitch roof in order to keep the overall height as low as possible and the single storey ‘garden’ room subservient to the existing house and its neighbour.
The bathroom replacement extension was designed as a simple rendered extension with stepped flat roofs. This mimics what was originally present, and remains subservient to the main house and roof scape.
The open plan garden room extension is purposely set down into the landscape in order to reduce its overall visual impact. The uphill side of the extension is set into the ground by approximately 1.5m while the west and north sides open up to the garden and distant views by way of large, simply detailed glazing. The southern side contains a mixture of obscured glazing and timber cladding to preserve privacy with the neighbouring property.
The roof was designed as a single shallow pitch to again keep the overall impact of the extension as minimal as possible. A slot of roof glazing brings light into the kitchen end of the extension and adjoining house. The low profile roof form with low ridge height and green roof helps to preserve views from the garden, reduces overshadowing, and keeps the visual impact of the extension to a minimum.
“It’s always really good to see how clients benefit from that openness and collaborative work between architects. PLACE Architects and ADG worked seamlessly together to give the very best outcome for the client.”
Programme Manager, PLACE Architects
Materials used include natural local stone walling, painted render, natural timber cladding, green sedum roof and painted aluminium windows and doors.
The integrated green sedum roof helps to improve the thermal performance and insulation in the new extension, reduces rainwater run-off rates, and provides a natural habitat for local species.
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