Tower Cottage is a wonderfully petite and eccentric piece of Victorian architecture. Formerly a parsonage, the building was not originally designed as a practical house. Our scheme doesn’t extend the house at all (there is nowhere to go), but it does radically re-organise the spaces and transforms the property into a workable and elegant home.

Project Name: Tower Cottage
Studio Name:
Ecore Construction
Project Budget: £180000
Completion date: 2014
Building levels: 3
Location: London, United Kingdom
Photography: Will Pryce

Tower Cottage by Ecore Construction - Sheet1
Library ©Will Pryce

The old single glazed conservatory has been replaced with a new doubled glazed structure, which has additional structural and solar shading from Douglas Fir timber fins. The entire wall to the garden is glazed and removable.

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Window Seating ©Will Pryce

This is made possible by a sliding system that allows you to move the panels one at a time and stack discretely off to one side. The garden is an integral part of the design and the planting now comes right up to the window cill – so when the panels and doors are open you very much feel like you are sitting outside.

Tower Cottage by Ecore Construction - Sheet3
Outdoor Seating ©Will Pryce

Internally the upper floor was re-organised to create a great master suite. A new second bedroom has been created off the main stairs, with the careful additional of a new sash window in the side of the tower. Separating this room from the stairs is a large sliding door of timber boards. This can be left open to make the house feel open plan when the room is used as a study, or closed to create that second bedroom when guests are staying. A glass panel has been inserted in the floor to let daylight filter down through the house from the new rooflights above.

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