The Victorian front elevation of this cottage is of local vernacular, and is virtually all that remains of the original building. The cottage was built on heavy clay, 5m deep and being destabilised by oak tree roots, at the start of the project. Most of the structure behind the front facade has been replaced by a steel frame which has allowed the ground floor to become a contemporary open space, and the first floor rooms to have vaulted ceilings. Planning consent was obtained for the kitchen extension but the outbuildings are ‘permitted’ development.