Pilgrim Cottage

When Jon Twinn wanted to extend his home in the historic market town of Abingdon, Oxfordshire, to accommodate an additional breakfast room on the ground floor and a second bathroom on the first floor, he was met with certain challenges unique to older properties.

Although the property is not listed, any renovation work had to be in keeping with the age of the building and those around it to maintain the heritage feel of the community and landscape.

To do this, Jon opted for a shallow roof on the extension with complementary fixtures to mimic those that would have been used when the home was originally built more than a hundred years ago.

Jon recognised that natural light was essential to creating the airy and inviting feel to the breakfast room he wanted to achieve from the build. The French doors used on the rear of the property alone would not provide the level of light required, so he opted for rooflights to add natural light from above. Jon also installed rooflights to the newly created bathroom on the first floor which affords more privacy than if he had added vertical windows.

Not just any rooflight could be installed in the property though, due to the stipulation that any fixtures must be in-keeping with the style and silhouette of the property. This discounted most modern designs. Fortunately, Jon had heard of the Rooflight Company, so chose four of our Conservation Rooflights to complete his build.

The Conservation Rooflight is a modern take on the original Victorian rooflight, which means the product’s aesthetics perfectly blend into the style of Jon’s traditional house, whilst providing thermal efficiency fit for the modern era. Jon chose a rooflight product with an authentic glazing bar design for a truly period-inspired finish.

The result is the light and airy breakfast room Jon envisioned for the project. The rooflights channel natural light perfectly into the room, creating a welcoming space for the whole family to enjoy.

“Our architect recommended the Rooflight Company's windows as the best option for our project - both in terms of quality and because they best suited the style of our old cottage. I was aware that the Rooflight Company had a reputation for quality, and we were very pleased with the final result which suits our house perfectly.” – Jon Twinn, Homeowner

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