Residential extension – near Bishop’s Stortford

The proposed alterations to this Grade II listed thatch cottage included the creation of a ground floor bedroom and wet room for the current owners. The proposals transformed the cottage to a  ‘lifetime home’ for the accommodation and enable the applicants to remain living here even with reduced mobility. The applicants have lived in the property for over 40 years.

The alterations proposed were principally to add an existing single storey flat roofed rear utility extension to the southern side of the house. This was increased in  length and a pitched roof added to the main part of the structure which extends out to the rear of the main house to improve the visual appearance and formed the new double bedroom and en-suite bathroom. The ridge height of the new roof was lowered to the minimum possible while still enabling the use of plain clay tiles. Externally the extension is finished  in painted weather – boarding to match the main the render of the main cottage. New external French doors open onto the landscaped gardens from the new bedroom. Internally, floors were levelled and key door openings widened to allow full access to the ground accommodation.