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The Bread Oven

A design centred around the revelation of an existing oven. A new kitchen, dining and living area, clad in timber and zinc, protect and celebrate the period features of a traditional farmhouse.
Interior of the new extension, complete with new kitchen | CDC Studio cambridge architects
Exterior of the new extension by CDC studio architects | not visible from the street to maintain the house's historic appearance.

The extension has not only changed the feel and flow of the house, but it’s meant that we now make better use of the other rooms

Front view of the bread oven site, a Grade II listed building in cambridgeshire recently extended by CDC studio
Grade II listed house
Old back angle view of the bread oven house.
Retaining wall that remains after the new developments by CDC studio, side view.
View of the rear garden before new developments, missing the Bread Oven extension by CDC studio
Pre development photograph showing the rear of the home.

Bread Oven .....It was a farm with 242 acres of land and had belonged to the Wimpole Estate at one time, before being sold off to cover debts by the fifth Earl of Hardwicke, known as Champagne Charlie. Some people believe that the reason our oven is so large is because other houses would bring their bread here to be baked.

Evening view of the house and new developments from the air in context with surrounding dwellings
aerial view centred on new CDC developments on the cambridgeshire farmhouse Bread Oven.
Rear garden view of new extension by CDC with garden and trees in the background.
Looking in through the front of the new extension.
Side view of retaining wall with new developments by CDC studio housed alongside
Side view of new housing development by CDC studio from opposite end of rear garden.

Having completed a measured survey, we discovered that we could construct a case for a single-storey extension around the concealed bread oven, allowing it to be reopened and revealed as an asset. After exploring a number of iterations considering the connection between the new and old structures, a sympathetic but modern proposal was agreed; a slanted addition which would follow the line of the existing listed wall.

View of kitchen worktop from interior of the Bread Oven housing development by CDC studios.
side facing view of dining table in new housing development by CDC studio. Two overhead lamps and a sofa.
Kitchen workspace from the rear of the new Bread Oven extension looking into the back garden.
Another view of extension interior kitchen showing workspace, cooking space and overhead windows in arched roof
Interior work space of new CDC extension showcasing overhead lights and room corner adjacent windows
Showing bread oven from front end of new CDC studio extension across the kitchen.
Overhead internal lights inside CDC studio extension.
Inglenook fireplace, a period feature of the property that was revealed and maintained for authenticity and continuity.
Conserved window from interior of old house
Living room view of office through to Inglenook fireplace
Office space with chair and desk in foreground, and revealed Inglenook fireplace sitting in its back wall
Fireplace view from inside the old building
Elevation cross-section of old house (left) with new CDC extension (right)
Cross-section viewed from the house's left, Bread Oven extension by CDC shown on left.
Location overview with surrounding areas
Aerial ground floor plan with new extension by CDC studio
First floor plan, with roofing for new extension included
Full roof plan for extension and historical building, by CDC studio
East elevation of the property (new extension on right) by CDC studio
North elevation from rear garden view, with new extension in foreground, by CDC studio
West elevation with listed building in foreground right, by CDC studio
Long section through house & extension
  • Client

  • Location

  • Budget

  • Design Team

    Supernature Garden and Landscape
    Gawn Associates
  • Contractor

  • Team

    Delphine Dryer, Molly Blackwell
  • Photographs

    Richard Chivers