Sevenoaks Cottage

Sevenoaks Cottage

This house was originally two cottages, or potentially one cottage with two households. In the 1970s one end of the house was substantially extended. The interior of the extension is cellular and dark with low ceilings. The historic parts of the house have lots of character, with exposed beams in the ceiling and most walls. Two huge fireplaces define the ends of the original house.

I was approached to make sense of the house and to add an extension. I persuaded the client that they didn’t need the extension and would be better off simply making better use of the existing footprint, and to spend the budget on thermal improvements instead.

Large interior walls will be removed in the ‘70s part and the windows will be enlarged at the back of the house. The roof structure over the staircase will be removed to take out low head height beams. It will be rebuilt to create head room and an impressive ‘ridge rooflight’ will bring in lots of daylight. An oriel bay window will be an impressive feature in the living space.

The ground floor will be excavated to add more head height, insulation and also underfloor heating. The oil powered heating will be replaced with an air source heat pump.

The extensive renovation of the interior will open up the living space and add several roof lights, creating a bright and open feel to the existing extension.

Construction expected in Summer 2022

Key Moves

- All rooms are ‘through rooms’
- Rooms are dark and disconnected
- Lack of views from living spaces due to thick framed windows

- No ‘through rooms’
- Interior walls removed to create large open living space
- Route into living space is altered to create a separate room off the main living space, to be used as a ‘snug’.
- Rooms are brightened with carefully placed roof lights and large windows


About Me  

Architecture should be uplifting and memorable. It should feel permanent and durable. It should be relevant to its place, framing key views and oriented to the climatic conditions, bringing natural light deep within. I am committed to producing unique and memorable spaces and are a delight to inhabit.

Tom worked for award winning design-led architecture practices before setting up T Parsons Design Ltd.

At Panter Hudspith Architects Tom helped design the one part of the award winning Oxford Westgate Shopping Centre redevelopment. Tom also worked on the award winning Orchard Gardens housing development in South London. 

At Carl Turner Architects Tom lead the design and hands-on build of an office fit out project and then the technical design of a large new award winning house in Hove.

At Burgess Architects Tom was project architect for a new-build timber framed eco-house in Horsham, a high-spec loft conversion project in Fulham. Tom also worked on a series of other unique residential projects in South London and heritage settings in Dulwich.

Tom recieved a Distinction at The Royal College of Art and was tutored by Jamie Fobert ArchitectsTom was tutored by digital fabrication researcher Guan Lee, film maker Clara Kraft and Satoshi Isono of Universal Design Studio at Grymsdyke Farm. Tom recieved a First Class BA(Hons) Architecture from The University of Sheffeld and completed his professional accreditation at the University of Westminster.

Tom has taught Architecture at the University for the Creative Arts and The University of Sheffield at Post Graduate Level.

T Parsons Design Ltd.
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Extensions / Renovations / Retrofit