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Before and After: A Charred Wood Cottage, on a $45K Budget

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 31, 2014 01:07 AM
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by Michelle Slatalla last modified Oct 30, 2014

On the coast of Brittany, architects Lucie Niney and Thibault Marca of Paris-based NeM Architectes  discovered "a vacation home frozen in time." The challenge was to add a bedroom without sacrificing any of the quaint atmosphere. The solution? They designed a mirror image—an even tinier replica—and connected the two buildings with a small walkway. To create a mirror image effect, the architects wanted to complement the existing white cottage with a dark addition. (Black is a color often seen on the foggy Brittany coast, where nearby oyster huts are frequently coated with a black paint described as a tar.) But instead of painting the cottage black, Niney and Marca decided to burn it. Photography courtesy of  NeM Architectes . Above: Old and new. The two cottages are joined by a walkway clad in charred Douglas fir. Before Above: Working with a budget of $45,000 and a mandate to add a bedroom to the vacation cottage, the architects decided to build a second peaked structure alongside the house. Above: During a recent trip to Japan, the architects had become interested in the Japanese charred-wood technique of shou sugi ban. Charring wood makes it weather- and mold-resistant, a benefit near the sea.  Above: The architects' plan called for a freestanding charred-wood cottage connected by a walkway to the existing house. Above: The new cottage is clad in charred Douglas fir. After Above: The two cottages share a terrace. Above: The bedroom in the new cottage has floor-to-ceiling doors instead of a wall, to connect it to the backyard. Above: Connected by a covered walkway to the existing house, the new cottage is a mini replica of the old. Above: From the road, the new charred wood cottage is reminiscent of the dark-stained facades of nearby oyster huts. For more about shou sugi ban, see  Torched Lumber , and read Gardenista's posts: Hardscaping 101: Charred Wood Siding Architect Visit: A Teahouse, Charred and Blackened (on Purpose) Outbuilding of the Week: A Stylish Swedish Outhouse More Stories from Remodelista Midcentury Meets Zen: A DIY Remodel in LA A Romantic Farmhouse for Two, Japan Edition 10 Favorites: Wood and Steel Stairs from the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory






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