With a large single-storey cottage set in an idyllic Cornish valley our client came to us with an ambitious idea. He wanted to extend his existing property not only to the side but also down, creating a two-storey extension without raising the existing roof line. The result is a timber framed home of grand proportions that feels as though it has always been there. The first three bays of the five-bay frame are open to the roof with a fully glazed gable elevation giving the already extensive living area a cathedral-like quality. Light pours in through the glazed sections of the frame, lending Menkea Wartha a contemporary feel without compromising the traditional character of the build.