Cottage extensions: Expert tips and inspirational ideas

white rendered cottage with modern single storey extension
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Cottage extensions need extra care in order to be successful. When you think of the typical cottage what springs to mind? Thatched roof perhaps? Undulating stone walls? Pretty leaded light windows and a selection of wonky chimneys? Whatever it might be, cottages tend to be brimming with character and rustic charm, leading many people to dream of calling one home. 

That said, cottages have their drawbacks too — low ceilings, a lack of natural light and small to name just a few. Building an extension on to a cottage can not only overcome any issues faced by modern-day homeowners, but, designed well, an extension can even highlight and further draw out the original features that are so sought after. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.