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The Bread Oven

A design centred around the revelation of an existing oven. A new kitchen, dining and living area, clad in timber and zinc, protect and celebrate the period features of a traditional farmhouse.

The extension has not only changed the feel and flow of the house, but it’s meant that we now make better use of the other rooms

Grade II listed house
Pre development photograph showing the rear of the home.

Bread Oven .....It was a farm with 242 acres of land and had belonged to the Wimpole Estate at one time, before being sold off to cover debts by the fifth Earl of Hardwicke, known as Champagne Charlie. Some people believe that the reason our oven is so large is because other houses would bring their bread here to be baked.


Having completed a measured survey, we discovered that we could construct a case for a single-storey extension around the concealed bread oven, allowing it to be reopened and revealed as an asset. After exploring a number of iterations considering the connection between the new and old structures, a sympathetic but modern proposal was agreed; a slanted addition which would follow the line of the existing listed wall.

Long section through house & extension
  • Client

  • Location

  • Budget

  • Design Team

    Supernature Garden and Landscape
    Gawn Associates
  • Contractor

  • Team

    Delphine Dryer, Molly Blackwell
  • Photographs

    Richard Chivers