Conservation effort

Design Storey sought to respect the character and history of this building by conserving original features and acknowledging its industrial past
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Design: Design Storey

About the project (text supplied):

The Miner’s Cottages are two c18th cottages located on the High Street in the Somerset village of Pensford. Formerly two cottages, they had been joined together in the 1950s to form a single residence. Design Storey acting, as both architects and developers for the project, had a vision to reinstate the original configuration of the cottages and fully restore them to create two dwellings appropriate for 21st century living.


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Another view of the living area with the doors closed

Our approach was to respect the character and history of the building by conserving original features whilst acknowledging its industrial past. A new dining kitchen was added to the rear this was clad in narrow larch boards, stained coal black, to reflect the mining heritage of the area. Large bifold doors and a deck were added to take advantage of the elevated position and views connecting the cottages to their natural surroundings. Rather than replace features that were missing, we stripped Miner’s Cottage I back to its simple rustic roots and enhanced the original features that remained. The intention was to create a blank canvas for the new owner to tailor to their own requirements.


Conservation Award – 2017 RIBA South WestRegion Award – 2017 RIBA South WestReaders Choice – 2016 Daily Telegraph HBR Awards

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You can see the older home within

Best Renovation – 2016 Daily Telegraph HBR Awards

Feb 13, 2018





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