Our cleint's were strugging in their Grade II listed cottage and needed to incorporate some modern comforts.
Steering an ancient and listed property through the increasing vagaries of the planning and consent system requires a a firm grasp of where the lines in the sand are drawn with regard to what is generally uncontroversial and permissible, let alone anything more ambitious.
Our client loved their cottage and were simply looking to bring it up to modern living expectations by rationalising the internal spaces along with essentials such as no more damp walls, draughty floors and windows, plumbing and heating that actually worked and a kitchen with all the mod cons - but very much in keeping with the cottage style and original character.
They also wanted to be sure the cottage would survive another 400 years.
In many was this was a nightmare of an architect's job - simply because with a job well done, there was seemingly nothing to show for it except our clients' happy smiles, but perhaps that's what it's really about.