Lower Cottage Farm, Preston

Lower Cottage Farm, Preston

Lower Cottage Farm is built on an elevated hillside location in Lancashire. Lisa and Nigel Dunnington purchased a derelict farm and outbuildings which they replaced with a modern, state-of-the-art family home, designed to resemble a farmhouse and barn conversions.


Three distinct structures were created – a smaller, rendered house block, a larger barn clad in Lakeland slate and, connecting the two, a stunning frameless glazed structure. Each section is unique yet they blend effortlessly together.

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The main accommodation is in the barn and includes a garage, cinema and utility in the basement.

Local Architect, Peter Bamber, designed an energy efficient home which reflected the previous stone clad buildings and open barns, and used traditional and local materials to blend with the landscape.

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He worked very closely with the family throughout the whole build and “made sure that everyone had a say about what they wanted from the house” explains Lisa.


The solid construction of BecoWallform ensures high levels of thermal insulation and a more even temperature throughout the house. The combination of a ground source heat pump and recovery heating system add to the long term sustainability of the home.

Natural materials continue internally where slate wall tiling was selected for the double height glazed entrance, and walnut treads for the staircase in the barn wing.


A large, open plan kitchen/dining/living room on the ground floor of the barn provides a sociable family area.

Peter Bamber has successfully created an outstanding design which all the family are thrilled with, and one that is both visually impressive yet ‘homely’.

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Lisa says, “Building our own home had been a lifelong dream, and the whole process has been amazing from start to finish.”

DESIGN: Peter Bamber, PGB Architectural Services Ltd


A case study for the above project is available to download as a pdf.

Lower Cottage Farm, Preston was last modified: June 29th, 2020 by Beco