Built as part of a row of seven farmworker’s dwellings, this mid-17th-century cottage hadn’t been lived in since the 1980s, and the main section had almost completely collapsed. It was basically just a wooden shack with a crinkly tin roof. This part of the cottage required reconstruction, whereas the other part of the cottage, comprising the living room, third bedroom and a bathroom, required a simpler renovation.
It was important to architect-owner Neil to preserve the humble character of the cottage. Equally important was to make a distinction between the rebuilt section and the renovated part. This is most obvious in the roofing materials, Cotswold stone tiles for the rebuild and thatch for the renovated section.
Owner: Neil Mckay, an architect, and his fiancée Helen Davison, a graphic designer, live here.
Property: A part-thatched cottage, built in the mid-17th century
Essential repairs: The main section of the cottage, containing the kitchen and dining room, had collapsed and required rebuilding; the other side of the cottage was extensively renovated. Neil used modern equivalents of authentic materials and installed a ground-source heat pump, underfloor heating, and insulated the ceilings and outside walls.
Layout: With a kitchen, central dining room and living room on the ground floor, an original bedroom is reached by a cupboard staircase, while a new staircase gives access to two further bedrooms and a bathroom. There is also a wet room on the ground floor.
Neil trawled the salvage yards for every detail of his restoration, right down to the door handles