Location New Forest National Park, Hampshire Designations AONB, National Park, Conservation Area Client Private Value Undisclosed Status Completed (2018) Sector Private Residential / Refurbishment Photography Richard Chivers Images PAD studio Friars Lodge was a locally listed, traditional 1900c forest cottage in need of serious updating to allow for 21st century living, set in a beautiful rural village setting, within the New Forest National Park conservation area. After years of neglect the building needed a high degree of updating and maintenance, over the years the home had been added to with many badly constructed ad hoc architectural additions, losing the original identity of the cottage. The vision was to strip back the poorly thought out additions to reveal the architecture of the original cottage. A modest modern extension would then be added to the rear of the building, specifically designed in a contemporary modern architectural language to allow the history of the dwelling to be clearly read. The local authority stipulated that the site had to maintain the appearance of the small forest cottage viewed within the village setting and its street. Working closely with the local authority we created an ‘L’ shaped plan made of two distinct parts; the traditional cottage and modern extension. These were linked by a glazed double height entrance space enabling the internal spaces to flow from old to new, ground floor to first floor. The two storey extension houses an open and airy kitchen and living space, with seamless connectivity to the landscape outside through generous sliding doors on two sides leading to the wrap around terrace and garden just beyond. Upstairs houses a spacious ensuite master bedroom, with a balcony wrapped around.