Bridleway Home / Guttfield Structure
Textual content description offered by the architects. Guttfield Structure has added a barn-like timber extension to a pink brick cottage in rural West Berkshire. Bridleway Home replaces a single-story storage instantly alongside a public bridleway with a brand new two-story wing that opens up views of the countryside past. The location occupies a distinguished location inside a Thameside village and the design of the extension was fastidiously developed to reply to the agricultural and historic character of the environment. On the similar time, the architects responded to the shopper’s need to make a novel architectural contribution to the village they grew up in and to which they returned later in life.
Regardless of being on the sting of rolling countryside, the cottage didn’t take pleasure in far-reaching views and the follow was tasked with designing an extension to border the scenic Thames Valley and North Wessex Downs Space of Excellent Pure Magnificence past the cottage’s backyard.
The brand new wing tasks far sufficient past the rear of the cottage to open up lengthy countryside views from the brand new first flooring, which is devoted to a brand new master bedroom. The bed room is vaulted to observe the barn-like type of the brand new wing and is lined with birch plywood, incorporating hid lighting, the bedhead, and a dressing desk. A full-width image window frames the important countryside vistas, while sliding timber shutters present privateness to the mattress space.
A brand new stair offers entry to the brand new suite and is designed inside a glazed slot, which offers daylight to the areas beneath. The stair additionally separates the bed room from the en-suite bathe room, and the touchdown area types a small dressing space. At floor flooring degree a brand new kitchen and eating room are subtly divided by the metal and plywood staircase and each open out onto a kitchen backyard planted with drought-resistant herbs and perennials.
Heat and pure supplies had been chosen for the interiors, with birch plywood getting used for joinery all through, together with the kitchen, stairs, toilet, wardrobes, dressing desk, and mattress. Within the kitchen, the pink brick exterior wall alongside the bridleway is uncovered internally so as to add richness and shade. The prevailing brick wall alongside the bridleway was rebuilt, wrapping across the new two-story timber quantity.
When considered from the bridleway, the first-floor timber quantity is ready again behind the brick wall to interrupt down its massing and assist it seem smaller. The barn-like type was developed to mirror close by farm buildings, but with crisp, minimal detailing and supplies. Slim slats of horizontal Siberian Larch not solely clad the partitions but additionally neatly enveloped the roof, gutters, and rainwater pipework.
Native planners restricted any window openings which may overlook the bridleway, so the architects designed a sequence of privateness shutters that enabled a restricted variety of openings to be permitted. The one window on the bridleway aspect, forming a part of the glazed slot to the stair, contains a mounted display screen of hit-and-miss timber slats that proceed the clear strains of the cladding. In the main bedroom, a pair of interwoven larch shutters slide throughout one another permitting a wide range of views and ranges of privateness to be created.
The brand new extension, together with all interiors in addition to further works inside the current cottage, was accomplished for below £350,000. Fred Guttfield, founding father of Guttfield Structure stated: “The design creates one thing sudden, but completely at house inside this stunning village. An previous storage has been remodeled right into a sequence of residing areas which are full of sunshine and enjoyable. The pair of interwoven shutters sliding throughout one another present an actual second of pleasure.”