Coach House, Toft,  Cambridgeshire


Working for Freeland Rees Roberts in 2002, the practice was commissioned to convert a listed gardener’s cottage and an unsafe orangery, into and Annexe for the existing Grade II listed coach house.  Here we were interested in making a contemporary building, appropriate for the delightful rural location. We completely restored the gardener’s cottage, replacing like for like and incorporated a small entrance hall with a comfortable bedroom and a full bathroom in the original structure. The unsafe Orangery was demolished and completely rebuilt, to form the living room area. We designed an alley kitchen as a modern link between these two old structures, giving it a new lease of life for the future generations to enjoy. By keeping the footprint and form of the vernacular buildings, but giving it a modern interpretation, using local materials and modern construction methods, we radically transformed this old structure into something new with a different spatial awareness of openness and light. This gave us an opportunity to create something beautiful and distinct.

Client: Private

Budget: Undisclosed

Engineer: Andrew Firebrace Partnership

Quantity Surveyor: Sheriff Tiplady

Contractor: Thorley’s

Status: Completed 2005

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