Blackwater Cottage sits to the south of Minstead, just north of Lyndhurst in the heart of the New Forest National Park. Studio : BAD Architecture were commissioned to design a new extension for the home and reconfigure the existing building to create greater flexibility.

‘We just wanted to say thank you for a lovely extension… we are delighted with it, it is the best room in the house.’ – client

The design has accommodated a new living room and snug space and also replaces the existing conservatory with a new structure that delivers a comfortable, contemporary space to use throughout the year. The extension has also upgraded the existing structure, with a new highly insulated and acoustically sealed elegant conservatory space.

Responding to the existing pallet of the dwelling the extension is created with simple timber and a masonry conservatory. The materials, detailed composition and form of the design respond to surroundings and the New Forest vernacular nature of the cottage.

The scheme places great importance on the quality of space and light, the design exploits the long views across the site and maximises positive solar gain. Large sliding doors open up and connects the home with the mature landscaping surrounding the dwelling.

Practice : Studio: B.A.D Architects

Time Scale: May 2019 – Ongoing

Budget: £50,000

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

Client: Private