East Cornworthy Cottage is a 17th century cottage located on a country lane in the village of East Cornworthy, surrounded by rolling hills and the nearby Dart estuary and South Hams sandy beaches. It is approximately 400 years old and up until recently was a family home.
Camillin Denny Design undertook a brief that involved a complete reworking of the interior, upgrading the cottage structure to eradicate damp, replacement of the old cottage windows and and the addition of a ‘glass box’ extension to the rear.
The key design strategy that they wanted an approach that would be sympathetic to the age of the house to adopt a panelled interior, and staircase panelled to create a panelled box, a traditional fireplace feature and open plan layout for the ground floor.
The glass box that was required to be added to the back of the house was intended to be a contrasting contemporary addition that would bolt onto the back of the house and knit together the floor levels and living space so that you could circulate without steps and without having to walk all the way back through the kitchen space.
There are stone garden walls that form the retaining walls to the hill at the back of the house. The glass box is sat within these walls with a 1.5 metre walkway between it and the retaining walls.