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Butlers Gate

Situated within oak woodland, a historic toll house, originally constructed in the 1850s, has undergone a transformative extension and reconfiguration. Previously plagued by haphazard additions, the dwelling has been revitalised through the introduction of a sustainable timber and metal clad extension, forging a seamless connection between the existing house and a prior extension. This intervention not only enhances the original structure but optimises its utilisation, strengthening the bond between its first and ground floors.


Overcoming the challenges posed by its rural location within an area designated as greenbelt and amidst protected woodlands, the proposal encountered initial resistance from the local planning authority. However, the carefully considered geometry and high-quality design approach offered visual improvements and contribution to the public visual amenity of this prominent site. Consequently, an increase in footprint was permitted, ensuring a harmonious integration with the surrounding environment.


The extension's roof is designed to work within existing geometries and planning envelope and boasts a strong form that manifests internally. These dormers not only provide much-needed space but also invite a richness of natural light and attractive views of the neighbouring landscape and majestic oak trees.


Sustainable materials are used throughout, with sustainably sourced larch cladding, recycled wood fibre, jute insulation, and recyclable metal cladding.


The proposed intervention seamlessly merges modern design elements with a respectful approach to the original house and its contextual environment, enhancing its inherent character and providing a modern living experience. The result is a meticulously crafted, contemporary space that harmoniously integrates with the surrounding landscape, meeting the demands of modern family living.

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