The Miner’s Cottages are two c18th cottages located on the High Street in the Somerset village of Pensford. Formerly two cottages, they had been joined together in the 1950s to form a single residence. Design Storey acting, as both architects and developers for the project, had a vision to reinstate the original configuration of the cottages and fully restore them to create two dwellings appropriate for 21st century living. The design sought to take full advantage of the unique and elevated position on the historic High Street, with the addition of a new extension, but also to reflect the character and history of the building by conserving original features.
The façade of both cottages was re-pointed using a traditional lime, based on an original mortar found during the work. At the rear a series of unsightly lean-to extensions of different eras were stripped away, revealing the back wall of the original cottages, and a new extension was added containing large kitchen/ dining areas. The extension was clad in a narrow larch board, stained black, to reflect the industrial mining legacy of the area.
The front room of Miner’s Cottage I,‘Master’s Cottage’, had been converted into an unusable garage in the 1950s and period features had been removed or concealed. Rather than replace features that were missing our approach was to strip back the cottage to its simple roots and enhance the features that remained; exposing flagstones, wide floor boards and inglenook fireplaces. The intention was to create a blank canvas for the new owner to tailor to their own requirements.