Blackwater Cottage sits to the south of Minstead, just north of Lyndhurst in the heart of the New Forest National Park. The architectural feasibility study was undertaken for a new extension and reconfiguration for the home to create greater flexibility, accommodate a new living room and snug space and also to replace the existing conservatory with a new structure that delivers a comfortable, contemporary space to use throughout the year.


The design responds to the existing conditions, which currently exist in the simple timber and masonry conservatory and seek to address the solar orientation of the home and maximise the long views across the site whilst harnessing the positive solar gain. The challenge has been to look at a number of design ideas that could update the existing condition to exploit and update this part of the house and site. These possibilities, include, looking at upgrading the existing structure, with a new highly insulated and acoustically sealed elegant conservatory space.


The materials, detailed composition and form of the design respond to surroundings and the New Forest vernacular nature of the cottage. The design places great importance on the quality of space and light with the various roof forms that have been explored, as well as the elevational treatments, looking to exploit large areas of glazing for natural day light. The proposal seeks to engage with the garden, by proposing large sliding doors to open up and exploit the mature surrounding landscape and its relationship to the house.

Practice : Studio: B.A.D Architects

Time Scale: May 2019 – Ongoing

Budget: £50,000

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

Client: Private