A charming cottage in a stunning Buckinghamshire village was the setting for one of our more unusual and challenging projects. Kloeber worked closely with Lynn Palmer Architects who were commissioned to create a contemporary extension, sympathetic to this quirky cottage.
This listed building came with its own set of challenges. The cottage was thatched and located on a steep, sloping site with the 200 ft back garden raised two metres above the front elevation which was a metre above pavement level. It also had a fairly inaccessible entrance.
The cottage was too small for the owners and their growing family, with two of the older children sleeping in an outbuilding. The client approached Lynn Palmer Architects to transform the two bedroomed cottage into a home, more suited to a family of five. The brief included creating an entrance hall with a large family living space, a larger kitchen and two additional bedrooms.
In order to make the most of the beautiful garden, the bedrooms were located on the lower floor and the living space on the upper level. The new curved roof of the extension reflects the shape of the thatched cottage which can be seen through the upper floor from the garden.
Lynn and the client visited our Grendon showroom a couple of times to look at the product range and discus the project in depth with Nick Fogg, one of our technical sales advisors. Creating the perfect curved, glazed units for this project was no mean feat. We took the architects design and had to adapt our products to suit.
Kloeber surveyed the extension and the curves had to be hand templated as there was no other way of making sure the frames would have the right circumference. We also advised on additional vertical and horizontal supports in the gable. These were covered in colour-matched aluminium pressings, creating a neat finish and a spectacular feature. Due to the unusual nature of the design, Kloeber’s team of experienced installation engineers were hired to ensure all the products were perfectly installed.
This stunning extension is a great example of design and craftsmanship. A modern take on the use of French doors and glazing panels compliment this period property with its contemporary addition.