The Dainton Cottage proposal is a contemporary addition to a cottage in South West London. Built in 1906, the original cottage is a two bedroomed semi-detached and is joined to the adjacent Dainton House. Purchased by a local developer who has an aspiration to maximise development value through design quality, WR-AP were engaged to reinvent the existing cottage and to provide additional accommodation whilst maximising the end development value.
The proposed design additions to the cottage have created a six bedroomed property, with four bathrooms and ample living accommodation. In order to maximise the potential of the corner plot WR-AP also advised the client team to incorporate an additional annexe building within the site that could be used as an extended family dwelling. Through discussions with the local planning authority WR-AP were able to negotiate the inclusion of a basement within the proposals alongside securing a two storey garden annexe.
The new extension is separated from the cottage via a glazed slot that allows for the juxtaposition of the old and new elements to sit alongside each other harmoniously. The glazed slot also acts as the circulation zone into the new basement area and brings welcome natural light into an otherwise dark environment.
The commission received planning consent in mid 2018 and commenced on site in late Summer 2019.
The new building elements will consist of a materiality that mixes historical building techniques such as brickwork with modern rain screen cladding techniques with materials such as bronze.