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3rd Feb 2020

Fern Cottage Annex, A temporary roost whilst the family ‘coop’ reforms.

The are definite advantages to on-site living throughout a build. Potentially hefty rental costs are negated and close proximity enables real involvement and fast informed decision making. In addition, there is the ‘squash and a squeeze’ principle ...spend a few months in a compact abode and then feel bathed in the luxury of space on moving back in.

In this case however, this bijoux interim home is by no means a compromise. Our forward thinking clients started their build project by converting an out-building into a fully functional annex. The conversion means that they have everything they need, on a compact scale, to live comfortably on-site whilst the main house undergoes some life changing enhancements.

Smartly adaptable, the main room can be divided by a folding sliding partition which breaks the huge ‘party zone’ (already tested!) into a kitchen-living space at one end with a separate large sleeping space at the other. The central roof truss has been glazed, giving the impression of one space whilst providing a sound barrier between the two. A family bathroom, loft room and utility are further subdivided beyond.

The vaulted ceiling above, with exposed roof trusses, makes the whole annex feel spacious and airy. The family’s pet chickens Phoebe, Monica and Rachel seem to be eyeing up the beams hopefully – as they strut brazenly in to inspect the new ‘coop’!

The far wall houses a floor to ceiling capsule kitchen which incorporates sink, storage and appliances. The linear run of flat fronted cabinetry blends subtly into the façade, as does the seamless ‘concrete’ mirco-screed floor covering the underfloor heating below. Outside original shutters have been re-furbished and old stonework repaired.

 

The most forward thinking part of this build has to be is its future proofing. A huge bank of solar panels set into the roof tiles feed a Telsa Powerwall, set to provide the energy needs not just of the annex but also the reconfigured main house. To see more of the Fern House Annex click to the project page.

 

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