Discover this cottage extension with a difference

Take a look at this impressive cottage extension made from wood and salvaged materials.

By Jessica Cargill Thompson | 6 March 2020

Prompted by his client’s appreciation of salvage, architect Anton Ambrose designed a large extension that doubled the size of an original cottage.

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Image: George Sharman

Anton Ambrose, director of Dust Architecture worked closely with the local planning inspector to minimise the impact of the extension on a cottage situated in South Downs National Park. He managed to double the size of the property whilst working with a constrained budget and salvaged materials.

What was the brief?

‘The main ambition was to get as much space as I could within the restrictions of the South Downs National Park and to a very constrained budget. The original cottage had three bedrooms, but with five children in the family, the kids were sharing. You’re only really allowed to extend a house by 45% of the existing footprint in a national park, but by working with the local authority’s planner I’ve actually been able to double it.’

How did you manage this?

‘When you approach from the road, you see a modest extension set slightly back; it’s only as you go to the back you realise it wraps in an L-shape behind the cottage and is massive.’