Beech Cottage - Tacolneston, Norfolk

Beech Cottage - Tacolneston, NorfolkCustomer's Requirements

  • Extension to existing Ground Floor Bedroom to house En-Suite
  • Summerhouse to Garden

Site Constraints

  • Grade two listed building (required pre app advice from Conservation Officer, listed building application)
  • Existing Building clustered in one corner of site (limited any building to rear and side)
  • Mature trees adjacent, overhanging site (required Arboriculture report, tree pruning, raft foundations with minimal dig)

The Design

A traditional design to expand existing living space to client requirements, modest proportions with steep pitch to complement the existing 17th century thatched cottage with subservient tiled extensions.

The palette of materials were carefully chosen using a mix to modern and more traditional materials to balance the need for enhanced insulation standards and modern construction methods with the need to blend with the existing buildings on site. A raft foundation was used to limit the need to dig deep foundations adjacent tree roots and minimise disturbance to the existing building. Lightweight blocks with full-filled cavity insulation, double glazed hardwood windows and highly insulated roof to limit heat loss, the roof of the existing bedroom was raised (vaulted) enhancing the existing character of beams. Elsewhere ceilings over the en-suite, dressing area and summerhouse provided much needed loft storage space. The design incorporates deep overhangs similar to that of the thatch on the main building, this both minimised solar gain in summer months and helps keep the building sheltered and dry. The use of cedar cladding and soffits initially gives the new buildings a slick contemporary appearance which mellows to a silver-grey overtime with minimal maintenance required.

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Scope of Services / Works Undertaken

  • Pre-app conservation advice sought
  • Design to client and conservation approval
  • Planning & listed buildings applications
  • Planning amendment app to client request during the course of on-site works
  • Detailed construction drawings with notes
  • Building Control application
  • Site Inspection/Visits


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