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Little Tregew Annex - Oak frame garage with self-contained annex

The Brief - to replace the existing timber frame outbuilding with a smaller oak frame garage and store with first floor annex accommodation set within the roof space over. 


 The one-bedroom annex would be ancillary to the main house and be used for visiting family members.  At ground level would be a three-bay garage as well as store room and plant room.  Externally the garage will be finished traditionally with oak cladding and natural slate roof to match the main house. 


The Design - The proposed garage/annex will use natural and high-quality materials that would sit comfortably within its surroundings as well as complement and enhance the main house. The replacement structure should have minimal impact without being overbearing and dominating the site or the existing house. 


The garage and annex have been designed to be single storey to ensure it remains subservient to the main house despite being sited on the raised sloping ground level.  The traditional pitched roofline sits down below the higher roofline of the main house and being single storey its impact on the setting is minimal, being largely hidden by the Cornish hedge, trees and new planting. 


The proposed scheme is traditional in design but will be constructed using a stunning green oak frame which adds interest both externally and internally.  The post and beam exposed oak forms the structural frame and with the oak trusses supporting the traditional pitched roof. Being set within farming countryside, the external timbe cladding emulates the traditional agricultural barn which so many of the surrounding buildings are finished with.  Natural timber provides a high quality and low maintenance finish that will sit harmoniously within its natural setting.


The oak frame stairs from the parking bay leads to a small deck which has been designed to allow the occupants to spill out from the open plan kitchen/living area  and to enjoy the sun and views out of the countryside.  The roof overhangs part of the deck to provide a sheltered space.


The gable ends of the building will be glazed at first floor level to flood the annex with natural light and open up the views over the landscaped gardens and surrounding countryside. 


At ground level there will be a three-bay garage, store room and plant room. These areas are formed within the oak frame bays with each bay being 3m.   Underneath the first-floor deck will be a bin and recycling store.


The roof conversion of the garage will form a private, stunning and well-proportioned one bedroom annex for family and guests to enjoy.  At first floor level, guests have sheltered access to the annex from the overhanging roof with exposed oak truss. 


On entering, there is storage for coats and boots and an open plan kitchen with island unit which also includes seating. The stunning oak frame trusses are vaulted full height and exposed internally with rooflights and the glazed gable filling the room with natural light and opening up the views. The kitchen is open plan and adjoins the Lounge area where there is room for an L-sofa where guests can relax and watch TV.  A doorway leads to the bedroom which includes double bed and wardrobe as well as a rooflight over. Within the final oak bay is the ensuite where guests can enjoy a free-standing bath, walk-in shower, double sink and WC.

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