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Cottage Refurbishment

This small, inexpensive extension to a simple cottage uses local materials in an unfussy way to provide a light, airy and dramatic new kitchen and bedroom. The result is modern in feel but its robust straightforwardness complements the original building.

Considerable care was taken to minimise the environmental impact of the extended and refurbished house. Construction materials were chosen for low “embodied energy” (natural clay plasters and renders, local stone flooring and Suffolk-grown timber), excellent energy efficiency in use (very highly insulating timber windows, condensing boiler with underfloor heating, above-standard insulation using recycled newspaper and wood fibre) and low toxicity (natural limewashes and paints; avoidance of MDF, chipboard and adhesives).

Shortlisted finalist in the "eco-house" category in the national Grand Designs competition.