The renovation of this little Victorian cottage has created a pared back interior drawing on the historic features previously hidden by years of additions. Combining a simple, neutral palette to compliment original features uncovered during the strip out natural alabastine paint has been used to add texture and luminosity to the walls throughout the house
Small space design can be challenging. The re design of the house ensures careful use of the space to offer maximum functionality, whilst retaining a cosy welcoming home
The lighting design was integral to the concept, and removal of the ceilings, revealing the loft void above the rafters on the first floor, required creative lighting. A wall washing circuit was installed everywhere in addition to directional spotlights. These wash light up into the roof voids contouring the many roof pitches and valley’s now exposed in the spaces above the bedrooms. The kitchen lighting features five separate circuits creating an elegant scheme for the darkness hours. Ensuring the small space feels special, lighting for the garden also provides some lovely surprises. Path light leads the way through the garden, and lights wash the base of ten lime trees planted along the boundary.
Creating height and allowing daylight into areas where floor space is compromised was achieved by the introduction of roof lights in the house. Added to the landing to flood the stairwell with light and in the bathroom where it was otherwise not possible to add in a window, the roof height glazing was positioned in the newly opened roof spaces
The gardens have been totally re designed to borrow views across the fields and into the valley at the edge of the village. Integral to this was the design of the self contained cabin built under the shade of the apple trees at the end of the garden