Railway Cottage
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Charred timber cladding, oiled timber doors and concrete unite the rear kitchen extension and home office garden studio.

Railway Cottage

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

A compact house located within a terrace of Victorian railway cottages is to become a minimalist, Scandinavian inspired home for a young family.

The house is to be completely refurbished and extended at the rear to provide a new kitchen with a garden studio located at the back of the newly landscaped garden.

The modest proportions of the existing footprint are opened up by a modern interpretation of the galley-style kitchen. The kitchen is then sunken to increase head height and create a sense of being enveloped by the garden.

A new concealed utility and pantry optimise the dead space in the centre of the plan allowing for a clean, minimal kitchen space.

The extension is to be wrapped in recycled woodfibre insulation and charred cedar cladding to provide acoustic and thermal isolation. Responding to the slim, angled plot, a low level sliding window focuses the view to the immediate gravel garden outside and perennial meadow beyond.

Currently on site, due to complete in autumn 2024.

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