Knapdale cottage is a small early 19th Century cottage in the hamlet of Bellanoch on the Crinan Canal in rural Argyll. The building is one of two terraced cottages set back from the road with a gable-to-road arrangement. A loft conversion and two dormers were added to the rear of the cottage in the 1970’s and it was extended to the south with a sun room in the early 2000s. The house was category C listed in 1989 and sits within the Crinan Canal Conservation area.
The project saw the existing, low quality sun room demolished and replaced with a pitched roof extension offset at the back, North of the house. The extension was located at the back of the property to North of the site. This area was dark and damp with an 8m stone cliff directly above and behind that blocks light to that area of the site. The extension located here is not seen from the street and maintains the cottage aspect from the canal-side while forming a sheltered sunny spot to sit at the rear of the house.
The new extension provides a modern, warm kitchen / living / dining space with an additional bedroom on the ground floor of the existing house. The project also saw the improvement of the existing house with replacement windows and internal insulation to improve its thermal performance. Aluminium clad timber windows were used to reduce maintenance and improve durability of the frames in this exposed and damp location and narrow frames and the black finish were selected to match the existing windows.
The new extension reflects the form of the existing building and local typology with low eaves, a steep pitched red roof and rendered exterior.