Dufferin cottage

Project: Dufferin cottage
Location: Bangor, Northern Ireland
Type: Domestic extension
Project: Dufferin cottage
Location: Bangor, Northern Ireland
Type: Domestic extension

A small seaside cottage refurbishment and extension in Ballyholme, Northern Ireland. Originally a Groomsman’s Cottage the old extension was suffering from poor insulation, a leaking roof and damp. Our client’s brief was to take the existing floor plan and design a contemporary Kitchen / Living / Dining space with an extra bedroom, retaining as much of the existing character as possible.

Working alongside a local Conservation Architect we were successfully able to navigate planning considerations brought about by the contrast in ‘old’ and ‘new’ materials. The home was fully renovated, updated, and insulated. Further to this under floor heating and a wood burning stove were installed. We retained as many of the original features as possible including the painted, exposed timber eaves. The hardwood windows were replaced with new double glazed hardwood sliding sash windows. The hallway was tiled in a Victorian style and the panelled timber front door was replaced with a contemporary reproduction.