THATCHED COTTAGE. 1600s - 1700s. BROCKENHURST, HAMPSHIRE
This thatched cob cottage had been so un-loved for years that it was more than a simple renovation project; the owners had seen our Alresford thatched cottage project and thought we would be perfect custodians of the project.
So much has been done already - a new partition wall built to provide an extra bedroom, new lath and lime plaster, full re-wiring and re-plumbing with new heating system, extended chimney stacks and installation of three new chimney linings (for an open fire and log burner downstairs, and a small fireplace in one of the bedrooms), new wetroom, bespoke beds to fit the irregularly-shaped spaces. The design is quite masculine with a mix of monochromes, some colour, and lots of texture - velvets, embroidered graphic patterns, distressed wooden floors, flagstones, and even some exposed bricks. It will be finished with traditional clay paint so that the walls remain breathable and should all be authentic but also stylish and fit for modern living.