The individual components of the cottage were then assembled on the lot using helical piles and beams to shape a fabulous serene cottage that captured the beauty of an old timber-frame cottage while showcasing the beauty and versatility of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT).
According to the Examiner this Belgian cottage was turned into a B&B by adding the modern glass living room in the rear of the building. Architects Atelier d’Architecture Bruno and Partners “…introduced steel sheets into the existing structure to create a mezzanine floor; the aim then was to extend these sheets outdoors in order to create a living room enclosed solely in glass which opens out generously into the natural surrounding environment.”
The extension not only increases the living area of the home it also brings in ample natural light while leaving the existing heritage structure and the street elevation untouched. Requiring minimal maintenance and blurring the line between the interior and the backyard this indeed is an extension that makes the life of the homeowner easier and a lot more fun.
As one of the oldest types of structures stone cottages are still popular today especially in places where there’s plenty of extra rock lying around. For instance in New England and the UK stones were used as a building material to get them out of farmers’ way as they plowed their fields.
The smart addition was designed to meet the specific needs of a professional chef and his family which meant that the kitchen and the dining space occupied the heart of the new extension project. Sitting inside the curved structure is a fabulous contemporary kitchen in white with a sparkling marble island that also serves as a wonderful breakfast zone.
Previous partitions that created a clustered and boring look on the lower level of the house were replaced by smart strong steel beams to create an open plan living area. Wooden ceiling beams a concrete fireplace structure and lovely flooring that demarcates the living room from the kitchen and the dining areas give the home plenty of textural contrast.
A lap pool with generous deck space and a social zone making up the courtyard are connected with the living area kitchen and dining space on the lower level through large sliding glass doors. The generous deck is also accessible from the master bedroom on the top floor as a cantilevered walnut timber staircase connects both levels.