Listed Grade II estate cottages had been degraded by discordant additions and outdoor spaces lacked form. Road noise was present but countryside vistas were not. Our design returns the cottages and beautiful barn to their pre-20th century purity and builds new wings of accommodation – generous dining, drawing and service rooms and a master bedroom suite. These form a south-facing courtyard shielded from acoustic and wind intrusion and open to the sun and views. Corten (rusty) steel cladding speaks to the mellow old red bricks and to the farmyard feel of the setting. An amalgam of modern, vernacular and classical.