Ascot Street House
One of the original workers cottages in historic Thorndon, the house had been abandoned and left derelict for over seven years. With no working kitchen and the bare basics of a bathroom, the 3 room cottage needed extensive work rebuilding to create an alternative to the inner city apartment.
BKBTA sought to maintain the original features of the front two rooms, whilst the later additions at the rear were demolished. These were replaced with a gable form housing the new bathroom and kitchen. The entire cottage was reclad and the interior stripped, framing replaced and new linings fitted to provide a sound, warm and comfortable home.
The interior finishing was kept simple, recycling building materials where possible, such as the old french door shutters and toilet cistern. A conscious effort was made to distinguish new materials from old, highlighting the balance of old and new in the buildings identity.