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Rescue and sustainable upgrading of a Grade II listed Cottage, London

This Cottage is a Grade II listed semi-detached house situated in Hampstead. It is a three-storey residential dwelling with a cellar. It is dated as 18th century by English Heritage, although some of its construction material may have been recycled from an older site.

The painter Ford Maddox Brown lived in this house in 1883, and the house appears in the background of his 1852 painting ‘Work’.

When the house was acquired by the current owners, there was almost no sign of any original internal fabric, apart from the early 18th-century staircase. An investigative survey revealed original panelling behind plasterboard in almost all rooms. Work on the house involved reinstating the original panelling, repairing the panelling and structure, removing the unsympathetic alterations carried out by the previous owners, upgrading insulation and bringing the house back to its original state as much as possible. The landscaping was done by Jenny Bloom Garden Design.

Ford Maddox Brown’s Painting ‘Work’, showcasing Holly Cottage in the background

Ford Maddox Brown’s Painting ‘Work’, showcasing the cottage in the background

Ford Maddox Brown’s study for the Painting ‘Work’, showcasing Holly Cottage in the background

Ford Maddox Brown’s study for the Painting ‘Work’, showcasing the cottage in the background

View from the street

View from the street

2nd floor bedroom before

2nd floor bedroom before

First Floor Front room before start of work

First Floor Front room before start of work

Exerpt from investigation report

Exerpt from investigation report

2nd floor during strip out

2nd floor during strip out

2nd Floor Front room after Phase I strip out

2nd Floor Front room after Phase I strip out

1st Floor Front room after Phase I strip out

1st floor front room after Phase I strip out

2nd floor panelling removed to reveal structural issues

2nd floor panelling removed to reveal structural issues

Ground floor front room, during structural repairs

Ground floor front room, during structural repairs

Upgrading insulation using natural materials

Upgrading insulation using natural materials

Panelling during repairs

Panelling during repairs

Top floor bedroom, after

Top floor bedroom, after

1st floor bedroom, after

1st floor bedroom, after

Ground floor living room, after

Ground floor living room, after

Stairwells, with the top floor two boards showing our discovery of rare 17th Century woodgraing effect

Stairwells, with the top floor two boards showing our discovery of rare 17th Century woodgraing effect

Entrance to Basement vault before

Entrance to Basement vault before

Basement-vault – discovery of an entrance arch, before and after

Basement-vault – discovery of an entrance arch, before and after

Exterior, weatherboarding removed, before and after

Exterior, weatherboarding removed, before and after

Finished cladding

Finished cladding

Garden, before. Looking towards the house

Garden, before. Looking towards the house

The finished garden, looking towards the house

The finished garden, looking towards the house

Garden, before

Garden, before

 

Garden, after

Garden, after

Garden gate, proposal and after construction

Garden gate, proposal and after construction