Before and After: A Dated Cottage Transformed by Oak Extensions

white cottage with timber side extensions
(Image credit: Nikhilesh Haval c/o Welsh Oak Frame)

After Guy Bowden retired, he and his wife, Sarah, began their search for a plot in the
Monmouthshire countryside, on which they hoped to build a new oak frame home. What they ended up buying was an old cottage severely lacking in wow factor. 

“We wanted a plot with a view — this has a limited view, isn’t a plot and came with five acres that we didn’t know what to do with!” begins Sarah. “The cottage was the second place we saw: it was small and very orange. The estate agent suggested we ‘blow it up’ and start again.

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.