Loft conversion and remodel of a compact Rothschild cottage in Buckland Common, Buckinghamshire.


The Rothschild family were significant landowners in the Home Counties, particularly the Buckinghamshire area, during the 19th and 20th Century. 

This remarkably intact row of terraced cottages was built by the Rothschilds in 1901 to house their Estate Foresters, but are now privately owned. The external walls are very early brick cavity which is evidence of how progressive the Rothchilds were as a developer at the time. 

We were asked to convert the loft space of this extremely well-preserved mid-terrace cottage into a bedroom, lowering all the first floor ceilings structurally to facilitate this. 

Dormer windows were proposed to the rear to allow natural light into the newly created attic bedroom and glorious unseen-before views out across the client’s 50m long garden, designed into the original scheme by the Rothchilds. These tiny dormers are a sensitive and well-proportioned addition to the roof space, constructed in materials to match the existing; clay tiles to the flanks and roof and painted timber windows, fascias and soffits.

Internal remodelling to the property was also carried out to fit in more useable habitable spaces and much-needed storage – all with meticulously-planned detail to ensure that the property was working as hard spacially for the family as possible. 

We were extremely keen to respect the original features of this lovely early-20th Century Cottage and so layers of non-historic fabric were stripped back to expose original features in their true decorative detail.

A Victorian-era colour and materials palette was specified internally to complement lighter colours used on joinery, decorative details such as architraves and picture rails and flooring. 

Building Type: Residential Property – Terraced
Client: Private
Location: Buckland Common, Buckinghamshire
Status: Planning Consent granted in 2016. Built project completed in 2017
Value: Confidential