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With its hipped gable roof and striking window arches, Wistanton Cottage is a charming Gothic revival house in Old Roehampton, London.

When Simon Gill Architects was asked to conceive of an extension to replace the existing cold conservatory, they came up with a design that was sympathetic to the Gothic style, its curved shape and the broken ridge of the roof referencing the cottage and towering church steeple beyond.

Using the existing conservatory plinth to save cost and environmental impact, the architects constructed a lightweight timber extension housing a dining/living space at ground level and a bedroom suite on the first floor. The extension also features a splayed bay giving access to the garden, with the quirky finishing touch of a bird bath which can be watched from the dining table inside.

Simon Gill Architects specified Russwood white oiled SILA A/B® for the exterior, which was clad horizontally on the insistence of the Design and Conservation Officer. The finished extension is a warm but unobtrusive addition to the charming original cottage.

 

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