Chris Dyson Architects created this contemporary extension to a traditional cottage in the heart of the Cotswolds, England. An envelope of Cor-Ten steel clads the structure’s timber frame. “We drew on and referenced the use of corrugated steel sheet in 20th-century agricultural buildings and the way rusted steel fits into the existing range of materials in this area,” the architect explains. It was difficult to find a supplier in the UK, though, as Cor-Ten is much harder than typical steel and manufacturers can be wary of producing it. In the end, the team was able to procure it locally from Hollywood Design in London.
Architect Lucy Marston wanted a home that felt a part of a beautiful area in rural Suffolk, a couple of miles from the coastal town of Southwold, and that fit in with the old farm buildings close-by. Marston also aimed for a house that felt as though it truly belonged to the family—carefully tailored to the way that she; her husband, Robert; and their two children, George, eight, and Eddie, six, wanted to live.
“I wanted it to feel timeless,” says Marston. “When you drive around Suffolk, you see these old longhouses that have been there for centuries, and in a way I wanted something similar, something that would not be about showing off—just a simple farmhouse. It’s a contextual approach, and I hope that it feels established yet obviously new.”
The building has a brick-coated timber frame and high levels of insu- lation, with radiant-heat flooring, an air-source heat pump, and wood- burning stoves lending extra warmth. The house—like traditional Suffolk long- houses—is just one room deep, with an open kitchen-dining-family room at one end and a more intimate sitting room at the other, complete with an inglenook fireplace. Between the two are a reading room and playroom. These four spaces can be accessed by a hallway at one side of the building or a sequence of sliding doors toward the other that can be open or closed, providing a great deal of flexibility as to how the house can be used.
Driving through the leafy country lanes on the outer edges of London’s commuter belt, it’s hard to imagine the city is just an hour away by train. But the Sussex fields around the village of Peasmarsh set the scene for John Carver and Anna Carloss’s modern renovation of a mid-century bungalow, bringing the city—or at least its design sensibility—that much closer. An expansive skylight gives a feeling of spaciousness to their kitchen/dining area.
From the bones of a neglected farmstead in rural Scotland emerged this low-impact, solar-powered home that’s all about working with what was already there. Cor-Ten steel from a ship building yard clads the new structure, which connects via a glass “bridge” to a rebuilt stone farmhouse containing the bedrooms.
Subverting the traditional, conservatively cozy British barn conversion, Carl Turner created a getaway in rural Norfolk for himself and his friends to visit, repose, and consider the beauty of agrarian minimalism. His pair of barns—one new, one renovated—sit low in the vast countryside.
Architect Piers Taylor's renovated this old gameskeeper's cottage, complete with a castellated roof and sweeping meadow below, is an exercise in dramatic modernization, one that takes advantage of everything its storybook setting has to offer. The site is isolated spot in the English countryside outside of Bath. The dramatic juxtaposition of a stone gamekeeper's cottage and a modern timber framed addition gives the home a quaint, pastoral feel while capitalizing on the dramatic view of St. Catherine's Valley.