Guide to cottage renovation: How to restore original features

white thatched cottage on country lane
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For many people a cottage renovation project is the dream — the chance to restore a home already bursting with charm and character back to its original glory. However, while cottages are usually undeniably beautiful and much sought after properties, they do tend to have certain features in common which can take some careful treatment in order to make them suitable for a modern lifestyle.

Here, we take a look at the most common issues when renovating a house of this style and explain how to deal with them sensitively and in a way that will fit in with the expectations we have of our homes these days — such as a more open plan way of living and plenty of natural light. 

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.