A major refurbishment and two storey extension to a 2 bedroom terrace cottage in the heart of the town,
replacing a previous flat roof tired extension.
Steel frame with timber
House Management Group (now Coastal Construction) (more)
Richard Gowan Consulting (more)
26 Church Lane, Padstow
A small mid terraced
house situated in a narrow dead end street in Padstow.
Although generally quite tidy the house had some rather interesting idiosyncrasies. To the front the
accommodation was arranged with one room on each of three floors, the top level being within the roof space. The
stairs to the attic room were steep, the dormer window which faces the street was small and the roof was
not insulated. To the rear the arrangement is offset by the width of the frontage and the kitchen and
bathroom were accessed through a narrow and low tunnel off the corner of the ground floor front room running
diagonally to the rear. There a very tight ladder rose to the bathroom which was situated under a low pitched cat
slide roof below the next door neighbour’s attic. Below the bathroom was a small lobby leading to the kitchen which
was in a flat roofed extension. The garden then rose steeply to the rear and was walled on one side and to
The initial brief was to re-roof the house, upgrading the insulation at the same
time and introduce a larger dormer window. Also to replace the single storey extension with a two storey
structure to give a more generous stair to the bathroom above the kitchen.
The most obvious issue with this project apart from the difficult access was the complex relationship with
the neighbouring properties on each side. This made the design and especially the execution tricky, with
Party Wall Agreements necessary.
The steel frame had to be manufactured in small sections to enable them to be carried through the
house and erected.
The project was completed in early 2014.
The LABC Building Excellence Awards selected 26 Church Lane as one of the finalists for their
awards ceremony in 2015.