ProjectMill Lane



ContractorStudio Bark Projects


A contemporary extension that uses natural materials to create harmony with the existing house

A contemporary extension that uses natural materials to create harmony with the existing house

Mill Lane is home to a retired couple who were looking to enhance their home with spaces in keeping with the existing building. On a quiet street in Essex, the original cottage has been extended multiple times during its long life, and our intention was to sensitively enhance the home for the needs of the present day.

Contemporary extension on a traditional cottage in Essex

An extension to improve quality of life

The extension was built using Studio Bark’s U-Build CNC construction system to maximise efficiency. The work has seen the extension to the rear of the home and remodeling of the lower ground floor space. The couple now enjoy an open plan kitchen, guest bedroom and bathroom, as well as ample space for yoga and to accommodate their large collection of books.

Client reading in softly lit window seat

A pioneering U-Build extension project

Mill Lane is the first U-Build extension and it’s also the first time the system has been adapted to create a pitched roof. Internally, the expressed timber structure and high-level perimeter glazing create a space that is bright and spacious. This was crafted with the assistance of Structural Engineers at Structure Workshop.

Side view of extension showing pitched roof

Innovative materials create a peaceful environment

The construction has been a collaborative effort between the clients and Studio Bark with construction taking approximately four months to complete. The pieces were cut by Cut and Construct and delivered to site in flat-pack form. Thermafleece provided the sheeps wool insulation and delivered to site pre-cut to fit the U-Build modules.

The couple now enjoy the additional space and peace provided by the extension, enhancing their connection to the cottage and its suitability to their stage of life.

Harmony between traditional and contemporary natural materials
Shelving feature created using U-Build modular construction
Pitched roof built using U-Build by Studio Bark
Pitched roof with rooflights built using U-Build by Studio Bark
Plywood detail of U-Build boxes
Detail of window showing interior and exterior timber contrast
Bedroom extension by Studio Bark
U-Build bedroom storage solution at Mill Lane roof extension

“Carrying out our recent build project with Studio Bark has been an amazing experience. We wanted to add a first-floor extension to our 1830s cottage to provide an upstairs yoga space and bedroom with an en-suite shower room and a landing space to accommodate all our books. Studio Bark came up with an innovative design with high ceilings vaulted in birch. It managed the difficult task of sitting well with the existing building while not attempting to copy it. They managed the planning application process, keeping us informed and worked with us to ensure that we understood the proposals. To our delight, they told us that if we wished we could have some involvement in the build process and we happily agreed."

– Client

Landing view of roof extension at Mill Lane

"Communication through the project has been excellent. There was huge potential for difficulties, as a separate building company was involved in some of the work. But Studio Bark managed this seamlessly, keeping us informed at every stage and working well with sub-contractors and other specialists.

We are so delighted with the whole project. Teaching my first yoga class in the space last week, I felt that it is very peaceful and calm and a wonderful addition to our home. We would be very happy to recommend this company to anyone wanting a positive building experience. Thank you Studio Bark!”

- Client

Contemporary bathroom features

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