traditional thatched cottage with new extension

Three Little Pigs

Restoration and Extension to an iconic listed cob cottage in Milton Abbas.
Location Milton Abbas, Dorset
Status Built
Use Residential
Client Private

The project involved the construction of a new kitchen and bedroom extension to the rear of the Grade II Listed house, replacing a range of decrepit outbuildings.

One planning application and 4 separate Listed Building applications were required to deal with the numerous complex historic issues associated with this conservation and extension project. The attention to detail and the collaboration between client, contractor and his craftsmen, planners, conservation officers and building control has been key the success of this project.

Project Awards & Recognition

LABC South West Building Design Awards
Winner ‘Best Extension or Alteration to an Existing Home’
cream render extension with tiled room and foliage
three little pigs garden ornaments

during construction of rear extension to thatch cottage

extension to the rear of thatched house

Extensive excavation of the rear garden enabled a terraced area and lawn to be created as part of a major comprehensive landscape scheme.

Interior of listed cottage

Repair, rebuild, refurbish

Internal upgrading and repair work was also carried out. The roof collapsed and had to be completely rebuilt with new thatch and chimneys. Windows from 1790 were removed and refurbished off site before re-installation. The exterior cement render was removed and replaced with lime.

The interior has been beautifully decorated and the historic cottage is successfully rented out as luxury self catered holiday accommodation.

beautiful interior of a cottage kitchen diner with exposed roof trusses and stylish kitchen
wine storage in dining room

Do you have an old building?

Much of the work to this listed building required Planning and Listed Building Consents.

Thinking of purchasing or carrying out work to a listed or older building?  You should first talk to a conservation specialist such as Western Design Architects, to ensure that you understand what is involved and permissions required. Please get in touch.

For further information regarding Listed Properties, take a look at our Ask the Architect article below…

Contractor Jon Whitmarsh Ltd
Structural Engineer John Crompton Ltd
Kitchen Howdens
Glazing Beehive Joinery
Landscape Lynne Williams

Completion Date 2019
Photography  Dorset Property Photographer