Farm Lane

Howel-Evans & Opher Architects, Great Bedwyn, 2013


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Catching the Afternoon Light 

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  • Catching the Afternoon Light    
  • Back of thatched cottage    
  • Cottage to Garden    
  • Dining Room    
  • Kitchen    
  • Kitchen    
  • From the snug to the kitchen    
  • From the Snug to the Kitchen    
  • The Snug    
  • New staircase     
  • Landing    
  • bath    
  • DSC_2153    
  • DSC_2208    
  • Presentation drawing    
  • Section    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor    
  • Farm lane working drawing    
  • Farm lane working drawing    
  • farm lane before and after    

Recharming of a pretty thatched cottage

In 1969 Felix Walter ARIBA was commissioned to rescue a dilapidated cottage, his scheme included:- improving restricted headroom, allowing for under floor heating, and incorporating a donkey shed into the house to create a kitchen and bathroom.

The result was both charming and modern, but additions made in the 1970’s and 80s detracted from this.

The renovation relocates the kitchen, bathroom and staircase, the enclosure of a semi covered external space, and the addition of a new window to the sensitive street frontage, yielded a cozy snug along with flexible kitchen, living and dining spaces that can be open in the summer, and cellular in winter when energy becomes a concern.

Reuse was at the heart of the project; the majority of the principal elements removed have been adapted and retained.


  • Begun: Mar 2013
  • Completed: Jun 2013
  • Floor area: 80m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £30,000
  • Tender date: Jan 2013
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works
  • Address: Great Bedwyn, Great Bedwyn, SN8, United Kingdom

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