Realising the potential of this charming stone cottage, the owner has introduced character as well as comfort to transform it into a light-filled modern home.

Home to architect Patti O’Neill, this pretty stone cottage wasn’t always so quaint. When Patti spotted it on the Internet back in 2006 the exterior stone work was hidden under a coat of external cement rendering. It had PVC windows and plastic guttering and the garden was paved in concrete paths so that the exterior lacked both charm and character. The interiors were also extremely dated and the cottage was dark and pokey.

With Patti’s creativity and knowledge of conservation she could immediately see that this little cottage could be transformed. “My goals were to give the interiors and exteriors a strong connection and I really wanted it to have a lovely feel to it so everything was important to me. I wanted to bring this stone house into the 21st century by giving it a good mix of modernism yet staying true to its roots,”

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