Cross cottage is a grade 2 listed property. The job consisted of demolishing a relatively modern small porch \ extension.

To underpin the ragstone footings to the depth of one metre. This needed to be done as the extensions finished floor would be 380 mm lower than the original house allowing for better ceiling height on the ground floor yet keeping the new roof secondary to the original roof.

The construction of the period style extension was of softwood timber frame construction I think this is the way forward for extensions it’s fast and durable and allows for cables and pipes to be run efficiently. It also provides excellent insulation and sound deadening.

The timber frame is sheathed and insulated and then faced with a skin of multi-stock bricks on a light, sharp sand mortar in the traditional Flemish bond to match the existing property.

The oak beamed ceiling was constructed off-site. This consisted of three number bridging beams prepared with the traditional stop champfer and shield detail. Between these we machined floor joists also with the traditional detail and joined them with a housed mortise and tenon method secured either end draw bored with a 20 mm peg.

The roof was cut and pitched on-site in softwood but then supported with oak purlins, curved oak collars and oak sprockets fixed to the rafter feet. The tiles were locally sourced peg tile. The dormer was weathered with lead and the guttering was cast iron.

Inside on the ground floor, we installed underfloor heating under a traditional flagstone floor repointed some of the original brickwork and lime plastered parts of the brickwork that wasn’t salvageable. The hot and cold supply was run exposed in copper supported by brass Munson rings.

So was the shower waste from the first floor . on the first floor it became a bedroom with ensuite all the cupboards were built by us on site using reclaimed pine. We worked closely with the customer creating this quirky build even converting an old sewing machine to a basin stand. We enjoyed this build the customers love of upcycling at times pushed our ideas making the this build a one-off some may say Unique!

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