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21st October 2014 / posted by MartynDavies

Bank Cottage - A Curious Fusion

Bank Cottage Front Exterior

Well well, what a nice little job this turned out to be. A curious fusion of the classical and the contemporary, from the outset it was never certain whether this particular mix would work. But work it did and through conscientious design on both sides of the working divide, Oakwrights, once more, has pulled off a remarkable result.

Bank Cottage - Kitchen

The warm and cosy kitchen.

Bank Cottage - AnnexeBank Cottage - Rear Porch

The exterior house in the afternoon sun.

Aaron Chetwynd Architect Studio of Stafford were appointed by our clients as the lead designers for the project. Through close collaboration with Ben of Aaron Chetwynd and I worked through the challenge of fitting a structural oak frame to the proposed scheme. Because, I suspect, so much thought that was sympathetic to the requirements of oak framing had gone into how all of the elements of the composition would fit together, my task was made all the simpler. The result, I think, is a frame that works in harmony with the building, having very few design compromises that are so common to many oak framed buildings where the frame has had to be forced (to an extent) into a given space.

Bank Cottage - Rear Elevation

A long view over the pond towards the rear elevation and annexe.

The contemporary styled two-storey annexe, made up of a garden room, kitchen and master bedroom, is the most striking part of the building in my view. With its' interesting roof geometry, face glazed elevations and generous oak framed balcony, almost unexpectedly, it makes a more austere looking brick built Edwardian styled main house appear playful and interesting.

Bank Cottage - Rear Exterior

The side garden view showing the styles of materials on either end of the house.

Bank Cottage - Living Room

The living room with oak beams spanning the whole space.

The overall finish to the house is of the highest level and the landscaping is thoughtful and sympathetic. It will be very interesting to revisit the property some years hence to enjoy the sight of the more matured building fully bedded in with its' surroundings.

Bank Cottage - Bedroom

The bedroom that opens out onto the balcony and landscape beyond.

Bank Cottage - Cats SnugglingBank Cottage - View through Brace

The warm and inviting interior of bank cottage.




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