We helped friends find this 1930s cottage on an unassuming lane way. It had a lovely west-facing garden and felt like it was in the countryside. There wasn’t the space to extend, but we were able to adapt what was there. The key move was to open up the wall dividing two main ground floor rooms. We decided to make a virtue of the small living room and had it panelled to create a snug. This helped to make the room feel cosy and ties together disparate elements. We inserted a high-level circular window into the West-facing gable to catch the last of the evening sunshine. A new opening with leaded glass opens the room to the hall giving diagonal views and a greater impression of space.