Compact holiday home

Compact holiday homeMedieval MonasteryCreating more spaceBarn renovationGround floor makeoverExpanding downwards

This project was a wonderful challenge: A one-storey, dark, north-and-east-facing house in an historic hilltop town with no vehicular access, in need of a total redesign and update. The existing floor area was 80 sq.m. with an uncovered veranda. Our brief was to maximise the space and make the most of the views and light.  (More details & photos below)

The clients wanted 2 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, laundry, open-plan eating/kitchen/living room that nonetheless retained some corners for individual activities. Due to its location, every exterior design detail had to be approved by the Architectes de Bâtiments de France.

The roof was removed and redone, the outside veranda roofed and enclosed, with one wall largely in glass. We opened up the inside to the sloping ceilings, maximised light and insulated for warmth. Under-floor heating and summer cooling was provided by an air-to-liquid heat pump. As our clients were based in Australia, we took on every detail, down to organising curtains and decorators. Everything was done to the highest standards. The result was light and airy, and a great success. When not using it themselves, our clients rent it out extremely successfully as a holiday let.

Owners’ comments on their rental website : “We were fortunate to find a wonderful team of artisans and an architect who gave the house a totally new design whilst retaining the essence of a village home.”

And rental guests said :

“Once we got inside the house our breath was taken away again by the quality of the fit out – it’s superb and lacking in nothing.”

“This wonderful property has been designed to a very high standard and we would recommend it to anyone. You would like your own home to be like this.”