The brief was to restore an old cottage to provide an income for a retired school teacher returning to her family home.
The cottage was in sound structural condition but was in need of a complete renovation. The intention was to restore with the lightest of touches. The asbestos roof was replaced with an identical but asbestos-free fibre cement roof, the old sash windows replaced and the existing extension converted into a living space with large floor to ceiling glazing framing the views over the beach and mountains beyond.
After extensive damp proofing, tanking and insulating, the ground has been brought back to the walls and a new dry stone walled garden and car parking area created to provide privacy from the owners grounds.
The colour scheme is uniformly and intentionally grey to reduce the impact on the surrounding landscape. It is intended to be a quiet and restrained solution to a common problem of the restoration of the old cottages left vacant when the new bungalow was built.