Arts and Crafts-Style Rebuild
Rebuild of Arts and Crafts-style dwelling, West Sussex
Situated in the heart of the South Downs National Park, this property was originally an Arts and Crafts-style gamekeeper’s cottage. Although full of character, it was dilapidated and much too small for modern family living. Our remit was to extend the cottage to treble its original size yet maintain the integrity of its original features. Basically we built another two identical cottages side by side of the original and we would defy anyone to see the join!
We were forced to go back to building methods and techniques that are all but forgotten nowadays, using handmade bricks from a specialist brick manufacturer, local flint workers and traditional ‘old school’ joiners.
I think this project is one of our finest achievements. The complexity and attention to detail required to make this property look authentic and not a twee copy cannot be conveyed enough here.