Building Type: Extension and alterations to a detached 1930s house

Location: Devon

Service: Planning stage drawings and design

Approx Budget Range: £75,000+


The owners of this smallholding and farmhouse wanted to update the dilapidated building and make the most of the view. An existing sub-standard extension planned to be removed formed the main footprint for the new works. Extensive internal alterations allow for a more efficient layout, and better use of the site, including a new entrance, segregated home office and space for woodchip heathing system as well as the commanding views.

The axis of the extension is orientated towards the evening sun and wrapping round as many large windows to make the most of the expansive views from as many areas as possible. A lighter-weight organic balcony structure wraps around the building allowing for sheltered external social and dining space, all with the view. A ‘rear’ access and steps connect the utility/boot room with the large vegetable patch and smallholding.

The existing entrance was poorly arranged on the sloping site, and with the desire to create a segregated office area, a new front door has been provided allowing business visitors to access the office, without having to go through the house. A timber and glass greenhouse replaces a sad flat roofed old extension and further expands upon the grow-your-own capacity of the grounds. A new sheet metal roof, timber cladding and render over dated 1970s stonework below not only brings the building up-to-date but also harmonises with the agricultural buildings on the site.

Making pragmatic choices such as the colour-coated sheet steel roof, standard Velux rooflights and plain kitchen fittings have kept the overall budget in control. This allows expenditure on the exposed timber frame and large areas of glazing, which give the wow factor. Full planning permission was secured recently and a local craftsman is lined up to create the exposed oak frame internally, due for construction soon.


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