Apr 7, 2015

Cottage Renovation

What a weekend! Hasn’t it been glorious? At SGH we love the sunshine, and so this weekend has seen us pottering around in the garden, visiting family, sitting in beer gardens whilst the children climbed trees and ran around in the grass, walking through the woods on Easter egg hunts, and of course, eating copious amounts of chocolate.

We also managed to do the photo-shoot for the cottage project that we worked on through out last year. This has been a true labour of love, working with a wonderful family to turn a neglected cottage into part of a larger family home. It needed stripping back to it’s bare bones, to deal with damp and wood-chip. Walls were removed, new openings made, doors and windows were installed. The electrics were re-wired, and the boiler was moved. Then new floors were laid, walls re-plastered, and new radiators installed.

It took an awful lot of hardwork from the SGH team, and the family, to bring this cottage back to life, but the results have been so satisfying. It now looks like a proper cottage should; smart but homely; true to it’s roots, but contemporary and fresh; practical but welcoming.

Here’s some before and after photos.

The kitchen, before - this wall was removed during the renovation

This is the kitchen, before. This wall was removed, to open the space up and make it much more useful.

This is the same view, after. You can see how taking down this wall has made the room feel so much bigger, and let more light in.

Classic modern country style, with cupboard knobs from Zara Home


The kitchen, before

Above, looking to the back wall of the kitchen. The boiler was moved into the basement to free up more space. The walls were stripped back, then treated for damp, and re-plastered. This room is the second kitchen in the home, to be used primarily as a boot-room, but also as a back up kitchen when the family are entertaining in the sitting room next door.

The kitchen, classic modern country style, with walls in Little Greene Portland Stone Pale


The kitchen, classic modern country style, with Bespoke Cabinetry via SGH

New flagstones were laid, more in-keeping with the cottages’ heritage. The kitchen is classic shaker style, but we added some gorgeous knobs (which our Client found in Zara Home) to give it more personality. The cabinets are painted in Little Greene Portland Stone Dark, and the walls in Little Greene Portland Stone.

Walls in Little Greene Portland Stone Pale

The work top is limed oak, and the metro tiles are from Homebase.

Upstairs we turned a bedroom into a study. This room was great fun to work on – breaking some design rules, but it all came together to create a warm and vibrant space.

Cottage Renovation, the room before

Above, a double bed was squeezed into this small bedroom.

Mark Herald Harvest Hare wallpaper

In it’s place is a comfy chair our Client found at Red Brick Mill. We chose the rug from Rugs of The World in York, and teamed it with Mark Herald Harvest Hare wallpaper, which was a perfect foil for our Client’s furniture.

We’ll add the photos from the bedroom to another post, watch this space.

Happy Monday!


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