Lakeshell Cottages

'Lakeshell' comprises two adjoining flint and brick cottages that were purchased with the intention of amalgamating and extending them. Located within a conservation area in North Dorset's Milborne St. Andrew, and adjacent to a listed building, the client wanted to gain planning permission for a contemporary extension which could provide kitchen and dining spaces with much better links to the garden and driveway. The scheme was successfully granted a consent and was praised by the conservation officer who felt that the relationship between new and old was clear by the view through the addition into the existing brickwork and flint.  

The proposed addition wraps around the corner of the existing property, providing a new entrance lobby which expands into a new volume with bifold doors and a roof light. Its form derives from the houses in the surrounding context which gradually turn as they progress up the hill. The new addition forms the first step in that process and simultaneously addresses a greater proportion of the garden.

Conceived of as a slender steel frame structure, the zinc and timber cladding refer to the brick and flint of the former house; a refined, processed material surrounding a natural one. A green roof softens its visual impact on the surrounding area whilst minimising water run off. It also provides an attractive outlook to the upper level bedrooms. 

The project is being undertaken as a self-build by the client, and it is currently on site.