The exisiting cottage is Grade II listed and sits on a prominent site within the child Okeford Conservation Area. The original leaking garden room was of poor condition and was demolished and replaced with a new more efficient garden room built on the same footprint.
WDA designed a glazed link to pull the extension away from the historic cottage and reduced the floor level to gain level access from the house to the extension. The eaves level was reduced to give a more traditional pitch and subservient appearance while retaining the maximum footprint. The new extension includes a small wc/utility room, entrance hall and main glazed garden room.
The garden room is of oak frame construction with a slate roof and a large amount of glazing. Bespoke sling braced trusses visible through a glazed end gable are the stand out feature of this project. Double doors to the west and bi-fold doors to the south give easy access to the new patio and the garden. The walls of the extension are clad with horizontal cedar boarding to provide a distinct contrast between the old and the new.
Laurel Fram was featured in the February 2019 edition of Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine with the 'How to extend your home' supplement.