The Elms

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Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Richard Downer
Our clients needed an architect in Cirencester, Gloucestershire to provide them with a Full exterior and interior design service for their Refurbishment and extension.

Our clients purchased a large, Grade II listed former Rectory, which was in need of substantial restoration. The house was in a remarkably original state however general maintenance or updating had not been carried out for more than 80 years. The brief stipulated a sympathetic restoration of the main house with a more adventurous extension to the rear elevation. With much negotiation with the local heritage officer and Cotswolds planning team, we secured permission for a contemporary, two storey extension with flat roof and zinc cladding.

The large, double height volume provides an open plan kitchen / breakfast room with cantilevered gallery, affording access to first floor bedrooms. The flow from old to new creates a dramatic contrast between the intimate and open spaces, resulting in a home that has been redefined and revitalized for 21st Century living.

You don’t think you need an architect until you hit problems (especially awkward planners) then the experience, insight and professionalism of van Ellen and Sheryn is priceless.

Mr. Ian Buswell, Cirencester

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