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This Grade II Listed English Cottage Gets a Picture-Perfect Modern Extension

In another captivating example of a classic and traditional home being given a sensible and stylish modern facelift, the Well Street residence in Bury St Edmunds steals the show with innovative use of budget-friendly materials. This grade II listed cottage was given a modern upgrade as the rooms at the front of this heritage home were carefully and cleverly refurbished. It is the rear extension though that steals the show with its bright and beautiful demeanor that acts as a bridge between classic and contemporary styles. Frameless glazing, oak and brick shape the new addition that now contains the kitchen and dining space.

Modern rear extension of the Bury Saint Edmunds home

Designed by IF_DO, it is the pitched roof the new extension that gives it a touch of traditional charm even as beautiful use of skylights brings in a flood of natural light. The rear addition acts as a transition zone or sorts between the existing home and the garden, while offering an unabated window into the sights and sounds outside. Warm oak flooring of the new kitchen sits next to the brick floor outside and delineates it visually with the color palette being kept strictly neutral. Despite the lack of bold color and bright metallic, there is plenty that draws your attention at this revamped English home. [Photography: Mariell Lind Hansen]

Oak, brick and frameless glazing create an elegant rear extension to heritage home
A difference in flooring along with height delineates the garden from the extension
Four skylights and glass walls bring plenty of light indoors
Small rear garden along with the kitchen and dining of the contemporary extension
View of the rear garden from the corner window

A trapezoidal door made of kiln dried tongue and groove English oak leads to a shallow flight of three brick steps up to garden level. The seat-height cill of the large, frameless, corner-glazed window is level with the ground outside, creating a seamless visual continuity between inside and out.

Refurbished interior of the traditional English cottage
Old brick flooring sits next to modern oak floor of the new extension
Modern bathroom in white with white tiles and cork floor
Lovely use of oak creates a visually light and contemporary extension
Closer look at the wood used for the contemporary extension
Revamped floor plan of the ground floor

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