English Cottages

English Cottages | Merstham, Surrey

In Progress

Major extension to a compact rural cottage.

Large extension to a semi-detached Victorian worker’s cottage in a remote rural area. The compact two-bedroom property was extended with a generous almost double-height entrance area, a new downstairs shower room and a new storage room. This extra ancillary accommodation made the home much more spacious and allowed the existing rooms to be enjoyed where they had previously been uncomfortably crowded.

A new garage has also been added, for storing motorbikes. As the client is keen to make his home more sustainable, we are working on how a biomass-boiler can utilise some of the space in the garage. Natural paints were also used to improve the interior air quality and sustainability of the home.



“I have found Mark very easy to work with, he listened to the brief and came back with preliminary designs which made excellent use of the space and incorporated elements which I had not previously considered. The only aspect of the preliminary design I did not like was the roof profile, but Mark listened to my comments and came back with a better design which I was happy to accept. My property is located in the greenbelt and within the Surrey Hills area of outstanding natural beauty, as a consequence there is a rich history of local planning applications being refused. I was prepared for a battle with the planners but in the end the process ran very smoothly and planning permission was granted in November. Mark successfully took into account the setting and scale of the project to arrive at a design which is both sympathetic to its setting and balanced in scale and was instrumental in winning over the planning officer and securing planning permission.”
– Miles Murison (client)

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