Private House, Westborough

Our brief was to investigate how two existing traditional buildings could be linked to form one large family house.  Our clients wished to maximise the potential of the views towards the river and passive solar energy benefits by using extensive glazing on the (private) south face of the buildings.  They wished to retain the more visually attractive cottage building and convert the other and physically link the two.


We treated the ‘extension’ with materials reminiscent of agricultural buildings and in keeping with the open-plan interior.  Materials used enhance the setting and appearance of the nearby Church by complimenting and contrasting with the stonework and narrow arched openings – large glazed areas, horizontal cedar boarding, wide timber window frames and doors, conservation roof-lights, circular steel columns internally.  The lower pitched roof on the south side of the building is finished in zinc standing seam roofing to echo the lead roofing on the Church.