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Kilmany’s Smiddy had long provided its rural setting with cartwheels and horseshoes, before falling into dereliction. The crumbling listed building still retained the old forge, bellows and rusting tools, when work began to transform it into a comfortable modern home.


The outside was faithfully restored using lime mortar and pantiles, including rare glass ones which brought light into the old building.  Inside, a series of spaces were created, each with different views, light and character, bringing a feeling of privacy and spaciousness to the cottage.


Behind the house, a terraced garden also creates an intimate scale. A lot of care was taken to retain a large flowering shrub throughout the building works lending maturity to the otherwise new planting. This project is a good example of how a traditional building can be adapted to create a dwelling of quality and interest, while not losing the scale and character of the original building.