Mix of old & new architecture in the Cotswolds


Architect Richard Found, founder of London based Found Associates successfully succeeded in adding a super-modern extension to an idyllic18th century Cotswolds’ cottage, to make of it a relaxed family home.

The addition to the historic structure is completely different and has a contemporary design.

To achieve the modern design the architect had in mind, he used contemporary methods with traditional materials. For example, the dry stone used for the exterior of the addition is similar to that of the cottage but laid in a modern way, with the mortar set far back so it’s not visible.

As Richard Found didn’t want a long and unbroken extension, he designed a series of different planes, respecting the surrounding landscape and the old cottage.

He also completely refurbished the cottage, which has its own living room and kitchen, making it perfect for weekend guests.


1The property with the 18th century cottage and the new constructed addition.


8The dry stone used for the exterior of the addition is similar to that of the cottage but laid in a modern way.


2South-facing glass wall that runs the entire length of the kitchen and sitting room.

The architect wanted to be able to stand in his living room and feel like he was standing in the forest with no visual interruption, which was a challenge. He had to found out how to construct this building without columns supporting the cantilevered roof, often used for parties.


4 Roof terrace with concrete paving slabs.


3Living and dining room with view to the cottage.

The architect wanted to obtain a clean, minimalist look. The audio speakers are embedded into the walls above the fireplace and are covered with 3 millimeters of plaster.


11 Uncluttered look even in the kitchen, with closed cabinets to hide all appliances.


5TV room with concrete desk.


6Honey-coloured -that leans towards the beige cottage stone- concrete hall and glass connection to the original cottage.


10Glass doors to the bedrooms slide away into wall cavities.


12Master bedroom with bathroom.


9Main bedroom – landscape view.


13The 18th century cottage guest house with its stone floor and wooden beams.


7The property has won the Royal Institute of British Architects National Award 2012.







Source images HOUZZ.COM   -  Photo credit HUFTON & CROW



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