The Gardener's Cottage

Tags: residential, masonry, timber, new build

Related projects: Grain House, Fleet House

  • Client: Private
  • Architect: PAD Studio
  • Photography: Jim Stephenson
  • Completion: 2021
  • Value: £1,4m
  • Size: 114m²
  • Expertise: Structures
The Gardener's Cottage - Webb Yates Engineers
The Gardener's Cottage - Webb Yates Engineers

Sitting next door to their former much-loved house, Gardener's Cottage is a brick clad, new-build family home in Fordingbridge, Hampshire. This low-lying courtyard house replaces a small, dark Victorian gardener’s cottage with a home that is flooded with light and embraces the landscape.

Whilst single-storey, level changes maximise the feeling of space and strategically work with the natural slope of the site; the result is a series of layered spaces which shape a sheltered outdoor courtyard made for gathering and growing.

External materials echoing the local red brick vernacular, Danish made bricks of a similar hue were selected to add a feeling of crafted texture and solidity. Internally, the main bathroom, study, and two bedrooms unfold down the sloping site, stepping down from the entrance level. Step changes also feature in the kitchen and central living space, culminating in a sunken living and dining area that flows onto the garden. Exposed glulam ceiling beams and red vande moortel bricks give the house a natural yet crafted feel.

Webb Yates Engineers was responsible for the structural design of the scheme working closely with the client and architect to produce beautiful and contemporary living spaces.