The Old School. Clayhanger, Devon

This stone built former school set in the small village of Clayhanger in Devon was converted in the late 1950's into a two bedroom cottage. Although cosy and compact, the cottage had no first floor bathroom.

By demolishing much of the former porch (now a larder) and lowering the floor level it was possible to add a room in the roof accessible from the stair landing. Careful selection of materials, attention to detail and a high standard of construction makes the extension blend almost seamlessly with the existing house.

A new central heating boiler completed the improvements.

With limited resources, it was decided to create a new living room, increased storage space and to replace the existing bathroom and hall.

The resulting extension, whilst modern in character has transformed the outlook of the cottage to create a deceptively spacious interior. Attention to detail has retained the traditional feel and scale of the building. The extensive glazing to the south and high standard of insulation has meant that in spite of larger floor area, the heating bills have remained constant