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Replacement Welsh cottage, Higher Kinnerton, Flintshire
An old cottage in Flintshire open countryside was the stage for this elegant development. When Hunter Architects clients Bev and Rob found the property, they quickly fell in love with the setting but as they explored the possibility of extending they realised the limitations within.
Costly and inefficient to extend, the couple soon realised a new house on this existing plot would better suit their needs. Knocking it down and sympathetically rebuilding was the ultimate solution, resulting in this modern twist on a traditional Welsh cottage.
Located in open countryside, Flintshire County Council’s planning policies would normally deny an increase to this size of home. Experience, a vastly improved design scheme and sustainable endeavours ensured permission was secured for a substantially larger property.
With this secured, the Howells had the opportunity to combine the best of both worlds: traditional design and modern convenience. Keen to make the house sustainable, solar panels, air source heat pumps, combined water storage and wood burning stoves discreetly and seamlessly achieved this ambition.
To create a comfortable, warm, light and open house that utilised the plot and views on all sides, the lower floor has no internal doors. Rather, it uses free standing furniture and walls to zone areas. The intention here was to connect and accommodate the family – with three growing children and an eye on the future, the Howells wanted a home that could adjust to host partners, grandchildren and friends in years to come.
This sense of connectivity is reinforced at either end of the house with a small double-height space – a focal point that joins the ground floor to the first. Here, the building generously accommodates four double bedrooms, each with an en-suite.
This contemporary and sustainable reworking of a traditional Welsh cottage has delivered a large, modern family home that provides its residents with an energy-efficient, effortless living space now and in the future.
Photographs/Images © Ian Hunter
Location: Higher Kinnerton, Flintshire, North Wales
Type: Replacement, New Build
Features: A contemporary twist on the traditional. Open Countryside, reworking of a traditional Welsh Cottage, sustainable features, double height spaces.
“It is such privilege to have had the opportunity to build our own house and end up with a home that really suits our needs, our family and hopefully the future. We are grateful to everyone that was part of the process; we are delighted with the outcome and extremely proud of what has been achieved.”