Lodge cottage renovation

Full architectural design and project administration

The original 16th century brick manor house on this suffolk estate was replaced in the 19th century by an opulent classical mansion and stable block. The mansion was demolished in the mid 20th century and the grand converted stable block now forms the principal house on the estate. At its height, the estate had four drives with lodge cottages at the entrance to each – this is the only lodge that remains.

The works included underpinning the existing structure, re-roofing, repair of existing windows, masonry and original joinery and an extension in a modest matching style to provide improved kitchen/utility and bathroom facilities. ‘Slimlite’ double glazing was used in the windows of the extension so that the timber sections could match the delicate 19th century frames of the existing house. Despite finding the condition of the existing building to be substantially worse than it appeared prior to removal of finishes, with careful cost control the project was completed within 1% of the original Contract Sum.