With Phase 2 of the construction fast approaching, it is time to start sorting out the details of how the roof trusses and internal windows are going to work. Phase 2 is the building of an extension onto the existing property and will house the kitchen, lounge, master bedroom, two en suite bathrooms, a boot room and a utility room.
The roof line will be level, but because the ground rises up the inside ceiling height will decrease as you move through the extension. The kitchen is double height, the lounge one and a half height and the bedroom normal height. The roof trusses will be exposed as in the existing part of the property and there will be extensive use of roof lights.
The proposal is that the roof trusses will be made of oak and made in the same traditional way (tenon joints with oak pegs) rather than using any metal plates or straps. There has been some debate about the exact placement of the beams and how “open” the space should be between the kitchen and the lounge. We have opted for a semi-open approach with a large slot for a door way and another large opening behind the seating area. The very last 3D drawing in this blog attempts to illustrate this.
The existing cottages are on the left and the new extension with lounge and master bedroom are directly in front of us.
The kitchen and lounge (but not the hall) are all in the new extension that is being built as part of the Phase 2 construction.
Looking from the lounge into the kitchen. The feature wall in the far wall in the kitchen will be built using stone that we have salvaged from demolition work elsewhere on site.
Since we bought the property before any estate agents details were produced, these are the first floor plans of the property that we have seen. We have been working off some of the rough sketches that I did using Google Maps as a source for the overall size and shape of the property.
You can see quite clearly the outline of the three original cottages with the middle one being smaller than the two adjoining. Interestingly, this fact is also borne out by the census records that show that the middle property consisted of just two rooms – one up and one down. These days it is difficult to imagine bringing up a family in such a property.
I didn’t want to publish any of this information until we had exchanged – it seemed to be tempting fate otherwise.