Hampshire Cottage [Built 1670]
Listed Building Renovation:
In 2006 the directors of AB1 Developments Ltd purchased a Grade II listed cottage in Hampshire. The cottage was built in 1670 and was of architectural significance as it was located within an historically prominent village within the South Downs National Park.
The demanding renovation enhanced existing period features while the scheme reintroduced numerous features that historically would have been part of the character of the cottage. The project also built extensions that appeared seamless with the 17th century original build.
Listed Building Consent was obtained for a renovation programme with permissions given for a rear building extension and attic conversion. Specialist craftsmen were used and the Council Planning Compliance Team visited regularly and offered invaluable advice.
All period materials were sourced to blend sympathetically with the old. Centuries old oak beams and exposed timbers were introduced alongside the cottages existing timbers. Stonework renovations were completed using lime grout and old techniques. All windows renovated using restoration glass. Carpenters reintroduced antique high panelling, skirts, architraves and oak parquet hallway floors. The kitchen was fitted with an oak floor running through to the sympathetically built extension. The extended area with french doors opening onto an antique flagstone patio surrounded by roses and looking onto a new landscaped traditional cottage garden.
The sumptuous newly fitted antique-style Drummonds bathroom was featured in 'Country Homes & Interiors' and 'Period House' magazines.
The cottage is quintessential England and is now again the back-drop used by professional photographers, tourist boards and artists.