Before and After: A Cottage Transformed by Glazed Extensions

glass extensions to cotswolds cottage
(Image credit: Mark Ashbee)

There are many reasons why people choose to renovate or extend their homes. For some, it provides a higher-quality home for their budget. For others, it may be a long-held dream to put their stamp on a period property. 

However, this was not the case for Sam and Sarah Irvine, who moved from Birmingham to Chipping Campden into an old coach house on a quiet plot, newly renovated by a close friend. “We moved into it fully decorated and that was it, really,” begins Sam. Building an extension wasn't on the cards.

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.