Duncan Cottage, Bath

Transforms an 18th century home for 21st century requirements

Duncan Cottage
Duncan Cottage

James Grayley Architects for private client
Contract value: Confidential
GIA: 198 m²

The reordering of and extension of Duncan Cottage has transformed this listed building. Research revealed that John Palmer, the original architect, had intended to add a loggia to the east elevation, and this is now there in a contemporary style. The addition makes the house’s evolution legible, while echoing the quality of detail and material of the original building and removing accretions which had diminished the clarity of the plan, cluttered the rear court and obstructed daylight.

  • Duncan Cottage
    Duncan Cottage Credit: David Grandorge
  • Duncan Cottage
    Duncan Cottage Credit: David Grandorge
  • Duncan Cottage
    Duncan Cottage Credit: David Grandorge
  • Duncan Cottage
    Duncan Cottage Credit: David Grandorge
  • Duncan Cottage
    Duncan Cottage Credit: David Grandorge
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The loggia addresses the garden, effortlessly mediating a level change. The architect worked closely with local suppliers to create a crafted addition which uses tightly jointed Bath stone ashlar for walls and floors to create a timeless and innovative garden room which appears carved from a single block. The internal half flight of stone steps in the loggia was delivered by wholeheartedly engaged stone masons. A state of the art kitchen is elegantly inserted into an historic space, and a series of bathrooms, previously in the extensions, are threaded into the existing house. Duncan Cottage transforms an 18th century listed home to meet 21st century requirements.

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