Rose Cottage Extension Leicestershire
Rose Cottage, Leicestershire
Our clients live in a conservation area in Leicestershire and wanted a way of extending and remodelling their rural cottage to accommodate their whole family. At the same time they wanted their home to compliment the surrounding heritage architecture.
We extended to the rear of the property and combined the retained cottage with the large garden. This created social space for the family and connected the existing space to the abundant nature in the large rear garden.
Working in a Conservation Area
Swain architecture have a lot of experience working in conservation areas and work with local planning officers to achieve planning permission in challenging locations.
Blending Traditional with Contemporary
Appropriate scale of buildings and the materials they are built in are aspects of architectural design we are sensitive to at Swain Architecture. At Rose Cottage we chose a pitched roof to the upper level and specified reclaimed brick and wood façades externally so the new building blended in with the existing. We hope you agree that this is contemporary and sensitive architecture.
A Family Home
Space for Everyone
Connecting to a modest village cottage, our challenge was to create a master suite as well as three bedrooms, including one en-suite. By opting for vaulted ceilings on the first floor we retained the intimate nature of the original cottage and creating an extension that was sensitive in scale and form.
Connected to Nature
At the ground level, full width glazing frames the large garden. This introduces lots of light to the interior as well as providing an amazing view of the large cottage garden.
Do you have a heritage property you’d like to turn into a family home?
Swain Architecture has extensive experience working with planning authorities to ensure sensitive development within conservation areas. Whether you’re raring to knock down walls, or taking your first tentative steps towards a new space, we’d love to hear about your project. Bringing inspiration, robust design practice and plenty of experience with us, we transform spaces into something you can enjoy for years to come.
What did the clients think?
“Izzy understood exactly what we wanted. The old house was tricky with lots of small dark rooms and awkward spaces. Now the flow is so much better and the rooms larger and brighter. There’s a good balance of quirky old spaces and modern new spaces! We have floor to ceiling glass running across the entire back of the house- couldn’t connect any better to nature or be any lighter. It’s a real wow factor in the house.”
The owners of Rose Cottage, Leicestershire
Detached House on Broadway in Derby
The client had three initial requests: bridges, balconies and mezzanines. Swain Architecture was approached to create a light, bright and modern house with contemporary features including glass floors, high ceilings and multi functional spaces. The challenge was to create a spacious home on a small city centre plot, in one of Derby’s most desirable residential addresses.
Delivering a New Home for a Growing Family
A Flexible Family Home
Broadway was designed with the ultimate adaptability in mind. A home that works as well for entertaining as it would for a growing family. With flexibility at the forefront of the design, multi-functional rooms and spaces were created, with an option for up to five bedrooms in the future.
The Benefits of a Bespoke Design
Open Plan Living
An extensive open plan kitchen and living area is situated on the first floor, creating a sense of space with double-height ceilings and large, south-facing windows. Among the many surprises this main living space has a feature glass floor looking down the snug and garden below.
Materials, such as the slate roof, were selected to create a more traditional exterior. Materials were selected to be in keeping with the location: a leafy street with a number of Victorian redbrick houses.
Housing Development in Long Clawson, Leicester
Hall Farm, Long Clawson
Swain Architecture reimagined this former Class Q Barn Conversion and a further conversion of an equestrian building into a residential development adjacent building.
A Successful Development
Swain Architecture partners housing developers to create commercially viable places that people want to live. Our understanding of commerciality married with our experience working with our self-build clients makes us perfectly placed to create architecturally interesting homes that can achieve planning permission in complex sites as well as demand a good market value.
Custom Build Architecture
At Swain Architecture we pride ourselves on working with our clients in a very collaborative way. We can lend our vast wealth of knowledge in architectural development to create fantastic spaces that deliver the maximum land value for the developer at the same time as creating architecture that is attractive to buyers and planning officers too. We offer our developers a Custom Build service where plots can be sold and then potential buyers can customised the design and build of their house rather than selling off plan. This gives buyers all the benefits of a Self Build home but with the security of a buying from housing such as builder guarantees and costs based on an economy of scale.
A Detached Garden Room Northamptonshire
The Potting Shed, Hannington
When constructing their new home, a National Planning Policy Framework; Paragraph 55, new build farmhouse designed by acclaimed architect James Gorst, the client wanted to create a room in the garden to entertain visitors. They wanted a room their guests would not forget.
Swain Architecture was brought onto this project by renowned landscape architect James Alexander Sinclair to create an iconic party room with a unique twist – the exterior shell of the building is designed to resemble an old potting shed in a secret walled garden.
Designing for a Rural Environment
Using Appropriate Materials
Built using an agricultural steel frame, the building’s exterior incorporates disused materials including rusted tin roof, reclaimed brick and stone from the farm originally on the site, to achieve its desired weathered look. Despite its rustic appearance, the build is well-insulated and is fully protected against the elements.
A High-end Specification Entertainment Room
Inside the room is functional and modern. Features include a pizza over and Teppanyaki table and bar – enviable requirements for the ultimate party room. This is our take on a contemporary garden Folly.