Ashdown Cottage is an early c17th Grade II Listed cottage in Sellindge. The house, originally three cottages, has a steep hipped Kent peg tile roof which cat-slides down to a low eaves at one end.
Our brief was to design an extension that would connect to the cat-slide end to create a large kitchen diner, an additional bedroom, a home office and a garage. The confines of the site and ground levels added to the complexity of extending the listed building.
A narrow light weight link connects the extension to the original building before the extension opens up to the single storey kitchen diner with vaulted ceiling. The massing of these additions are designed to limit the impact of the host building. A one and a half storey building, accessed via the kitchen, accommodates the rest of the required accommodation.
We carefully considered the heritage of the cottage and heeded advice from the Conservation Officer through the pre-app process. The resulting Planning and Listed Building consents sit comfortably within the setting of the listed building whilst providing the owners with the accommodation they desire, thus enabling them to remain at their much loved home.