Laurel Cottage

Snug Architects, Bramdean, 2011


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  • South east elevation    
  • Roof detail    

The refurbishment and extension of a former Victorian vicarage into a modern family house

The refurbishment and extension of a former Victorian vicarage comprises a new ground floor kitchen / diner, landscape works, and an additional first floor double bedroom.

The site is within the South Downs National Park and any new works were required to sensitively complement the existing house; whilst achieving the subtly contemporary space & strong relationship to the garden required by the client.

The preferred location of the extension broke with the symmetry of the original property. In response the ground floor extension was expressed as a separate entity, achieved by a wrapping lead canopy forming a shadow gap between the extension and main property.

Above the datum of the canopy, local, traditional materials were carefully selected to complement the existing property, harmonising the whole.

Below the canopy the detailing of the contemporary extension shifts to create a restrained distinction between old and new, the vaulted top lit kitchen / diner adds a new quality of space to the property and the corner-less sliding doors further enlarge the space and allow a seamless transition into the garden.


  • Begun: Nov 2010
  • Completed: Apr 2011
  • Floor area: 73m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £140,000
  • Tender date: Nov 2010
  • Procurement: JCT MW05
  • Address: Laurel Cottage, Wood Lane, Bramdean, SO24 OJN, United Kingdom

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