April 2019

Forest Cottage, Llama Group

The sprawling Cheshire countryside of England’s green and pleasant land is the picturesque setting for the quaintly named, but architecturally stunning Forest Cottage. Surrounded by luscious gardens, this newly created family home is the latest development from UK-based Design and Architecture Practice, the Llama Group.


Zinc and Oak cladding envelop the building, punctuated by the corner to corner Sky-Frame System, instrumental to the exterior design; revealing a flawless interior layout designed by the award-winning and globally acclaimed Janey Butler Interiors.

The project has earnt multiple national and international accolades; after being awarded the UK’s ‘Best Interior Design Private Residence’ at the International Property Awards 2018-19, Crestron Best Graphical User Interface in the World and the CEDIA Best Integrated Smart Home in the World Award 2019.


The delicate balance between function and design was at the forefront of the client brief; first and foremost, Forest Cottage is a family home. The newly formed Bulthaup kitchen and living area is transformed into the heart of the house, with sweeping views of the gardens. The morning room, a comfortable seating area with log burner, serves as a perfect additional seating area for entertaining and dining.

In the summer months, the unsupported corner-opening Sky-Frame of the stunning contemporary entertainment building is pulled back; the floor tiles flow seamlessly, blurring the boundaries between inside and out. The only thing smarter than the design is the technology within; a fully integrated system which allows you to control your home from anywhere in the world using your smartphone or tablet. From the opening and closing of the Sky-Frame, to introducing set music to certain rooms; raising or lowering the temperature and underfloor heating or even ‘waking up’ the home 20 minutes before the morning alarm, gradually fading the lights up and raising the blinds.

Throughout the project, the preservation of the integrity of the existing period cottage was paramount. The subtle juxtaposition of old and new can be seen in the newly formed entrance; constructed of oak and glass, marrying perfectly to the existing structure. 


Architecture: Llama Group

Interior Design: Janey Butler Interiors