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Cottage renovation and extension

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Ballards was a vacant 1960s three-bedroom character cottage, but our clients needed more space to accommodate their large family so asked us to transform it into a substantial four bedroom home.

The project was extensive, including a new bedroom, a kitchen extension, the demolition and rebuilding of the porch and a new two-storey extension on the side to include a lounge with a bedroom and en-suite bathroom above.

Additional work was also completed including a triple garage and extensive landscaping.

We installed steel beams and removed walls to open up the property inside and create the large open kitchen area. The original idea was to have a wall between the dining room and lounge but as the build took shape the clients decided it would be perfect to have a double aspect wood-burning stove between the two rooms so working with the architect, we changed the plans and created a stunning open living area. We also helped with the design of the family bathroom and master bedroom en-suite.

The challenge was how to maintain the charming character of the original property. By working together with the architect we selected materials that matched the existing property. The vertical tiles were carefully chosen and installed to match the checkered effect on the original house. We sourced solid oak doors, within the client’s budget and used these same doors for built in wardrobes in the main bedroom. The lounge and dining room floor was laid using a robust oak laminate while large slate tiles in the kitchen and hall completed the cottage look.

Working to a landscape gardener’s plans we carried out all of the groundwork and hard landscaping which included an extensive barbeque area with sink and preparation work top, a large seating and patio area, tar and chip paths and no fewer than seven solid oak pergolas.

The clients were delighted when we completed Ballards five weeks ahead of our 35-week schedule and have since been enjoying their additional space and alfresco dining.

Ballards, Uckfield.
  • Steelwork and demolition
  • Kitchen and bathroom design
  • Sympathetic use of materials