Glazing Vision has helped this traditional stone cottage situated in a stunning location within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Wiltshire bring light to its tight, dark spaces in need of extensive renovation.
The clients, keen to realise the cottage’s full potential, and to create a more flexible living space for their family, wanted a contemporary, light-filled extension. Critical to the design, however, was the need to sensitively combine the old and the new, to respect the original cottage and the surrounding landscape, whilst using the highest quality materials to maximise energy efficiency and give the house a modern outlook.
The new extension was built in materials to complement the original gabled cottage, which would ensure the new build blends into the countryside and harmonises with the original cottage. Linking the 2 gabled structures is an innovative glazed “spine” which contains the entrance, hallway and staircase. This narrow “spine” is pivotal in defining the different areas within the property, the old, cosy cottage, and internal glazed winter courtyard as a place for the family to retreat on a cold day, and the new, open-plan modern extension whose large windows offer fabulous views over the landscape and which lends itself to entertaining.
It was essential that the connecting “spine” which houses the entrance area and staircase was airy and impactful. The double height of the space is impressive and a large skylight was fitted with Glazing vision’s precision engineered Flushglaze rooflight. With no visible internal framework, and a completely flush external finish, with no bulky capping systems to trap the dirt, the bespoke Flushglaze rooflight maximises the natural light falling in the entrance as well as into the adjacent areas.
Since this project was completed, 2 of Glazing Vision’s fixed Flushglaze rooflight ranges, namely Secure and Secure +, have been successfully tested to LPS 2081:1 2015 and they are the first rooflights in the UK to be backed by the official police security initiative, Secured by Design. To find out more about Part Q and rooflight security, download the white paper.
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