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Absolute Architecture was a joy to work with. Kate Cooper and her team worked with a tiny, decrepit home, large garden and stables from 1908 and turned the property into a show piece. They were sympathetic to the original design and area while making the home user friendly and comfortable for contemporary residents. They were knowledgeable about the many local laws and guidelines and used the best local craftsmen for the renovation and addition, all in a timely, warm manner. We are so proud of our lovely home; it is truly beautiful.

– L&J
Tutts Clump in Bradford, Berkshire

Renovation and extension to a 1900s country lodge revitalises a period home

This is a charming lodge house, set in a beautiful meadow, had a lot of potential as a rural retreat. Though the period home was gorgeous with wonderful external features, the 1900s lodge required a complete transformation to make it suitable for twenty-first century living.

Listening to the homeowners’ aspirations for their period home and understanding their lifestyle enabled Absolute Architecture to create the modern home of their dreams.  Working closely with the homeowners and our local network, we designed a seamless extension and reintroduced the charm and traditional character of this home.

Location: Tutts Clump in Bradford, Berkshire

Materials: The kitchen roof is an 8m x 3m frameless glass structure. The walls to the extension are clad in brick to match the original features of the house and the roof top extension is clad in anthractite zinc.  A restricted palette is used internally, set off against a porcelain wood floor.

Clever aspects: We maximised space in small rooms here and weren’t afraid to combine colour and textures. The bedrooms are a real success where we removed the ceilings and exposed the rafters to enhance a sense of space.

Friends on the project:  This period home renovation was really was a team effort. We worked with several businesses in our local network:

  • Ben Heath designed the kitchen and built in furniture
  • LT Interiors worked with us on the soft furnishings
  • Isobel Pigott designed the landscaping.
  • We also added a glazed Victorian veranda with Veranda Living.

We love: The charming wild flower meadow setting of this country property and the truly seamless extension make this a stunning period home. This was an exercise in sensitive  renovation and a real collaborative team effort, where we had the opportunity to create a truly bespoke interior, designing kitchen, furniture and specialist finishes.



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Providing tailored support and services to see homes all the way through their transformation, Absolute Architecture are the go-to residential architecture business for ambitious dream homes that require a little extra creativity, inspiration or planning expertise. We are a RIBA Chartered and Passivhaus accredited practice based in Newbury, Berkshire. Absolute Architecture serves the Cotswolds, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and surrounding areas.




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