Wednesday, 16 November 2011

A lovely oak framed cottage

A pretty oak frame and infill panel cottage, designed and built by Border Oak, completed last year. In a gorgeous setting, replacing a tired old property, building this house enabled the young family to create a home that they couldn't have afford to buy. That's what I love about self build - you get a great house, built to your specific requirements, which reflects your taste and both saves and makes you money. 

Three dormer windows, a hand made brick side addition and green/grey painted windows - a great combination.

With an extended rear section the cottage is surprisingly spacious without losing its sense of traditional proportions. It also has a lot of glass, without compromising the vernacular essence - a hard thing to get right. We have added oak window hoods to reinforce our attention to detail.

The one end of the large kitchen/family room has windows on three sides - to embrace the garden and enjoy the view - hard to imagine that it is less than 1 hour to the centre of London!

The other end has painted units, a belfast sink, emma bridgewater pottery and an aga - the quintessential modern country kitchen.........

I love the hallway, it's spacious and fully of interest. The doors lead to the playroom, the sitting room and the kitchen.

The  utility area leads from the kitchen and sits within the brick side addition. The stable door is crucial for families with dogs, chickens and little people.

Another bright room with glass on three sides. A wide inglenook has room for the stove and logs and gives the living room a cosy ambience.

Upstairs the oak frames provides interest and character, such as door openings such as this

The master bedroom

and its ensuite (above the utility room)

The master bathroom decor follows the relaxed neutral palette that works perfectly with the oak frame - and is so easy to live with I think?

And it looks so pretty at dusk doesn't it (and can you see the gorgeous shepherds hut?) I love it!

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