Steal amazing design ideas from this idyllic Cotswolds cottage extension

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The stone cottage was transformed into the house of their dreams (Image credit: Emma Lewis)

When Matt Partridge began searching for an office near Bristol in 2004, he and his wife, Rachel, both went house hunting. They soon expanded their search to nearby Stroud and quickly spotted a Cotswold stone house that dated back to 1740. “It was out of budget, but had been on the market a while,” Rachel explains. “That afternoon we viewed it and put in an offer.”

The property, located in an AONB in the Nailsworth Valley, offered gorgeous scenery and room for expansion. “It needed work, but had great potential,” says Rachel. Ten years and two children later, they found they needed more space so decided to sell up and move. “But we couldn’t find anything we liked as much,” Rachel continues. “So we took the house off the market and approached some architects for building an extension instead.”

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.

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