There is nothing more rewarding than peeling back previous 'improvements' to reveal original features in a period property, which is exactly what happened to this two bed cottage.
This quintessential Cotswold cottage is approximately 300 years old situated in a terrace of former workers cottages, in a tiny hamlet tucked away down a narrow dead end lane in the Cotswold countryside, it also has its very own 'Hovel'.
In the bedrooms the flat ceilings were removed revealing the original oak roof trusses, purlins and oak floor joists in the living room ceiling. These were all cleaned and treated ready to be left exposed when the new work was carried out.
We excavated the fireplace in the living room and found the original inglenook opening, this also exposed the original bread oven which had been buried in the rubble. We rebuilt and repointed the inside of the inglenook, fitted a new reclaimed beam and fitted a new pennant flagstone hearth.
The cottage was rewired and fitted with a new central heating system and a new bathroom on the first floor. In the main bedroom we constructed a walk in wardrobe with oak ledge and braced doors.
On the ground floor a new kitchen was fitted and the 'Hovel' was converted into a spare room with an en-suite loo and shower. A new high spec bathroom was fitted in the room above the Hovel, all very neat.