Revamped cot­tage an award win­ner

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PLANNING MATTERS -

A REVAMPED Ge­or­gian cot­tage has won a build­ing de­sign of the year award.

Num­ber 5 Wind­sor End, Bea­cons­field, was cho­sen for the Chilterns Build­ings De­sign Award for its ‘imag­i­na­tive’ restora­tion of the cot­tage.

De­scribed as ‘coura­geous’ by judges, own­ers Sarah Bod­ding­ton and Jonathan Sobczyk revamped the listed 250-year-old build­ing, restor­ing its Ge­or­gian fa­cade and up­dat­ing the in­te­rior and rear.

Mr Sobczyk said: “The cot­tage had been derelict for almost 20 years, the back wall was fall­ing down and im­por­tant his­tor­i­cal fit­tings, such as the orig­i­nal spit racks from the fire­place, were left dis­re­garded and rot­ting. We were very keen to make it into a com­fort­able home while stay­ing true to its orig­i­nal character and re-us­ing as many ma­te­ri­als as we could.”

The judges said they were par­tic­u­larly im­pressed the out­build­ing at the rear had been in­cluded into the ground floor de­sign, and that the orig­i­nal roof tim­bers had been re­tained in an ex­tended loft to add another bed­room, while keep­ing the Ge­or­gian fa­cade.

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