Building Type: Extension and alterations to a Victorian house
Location: Dartington, Devon
Service: Planning and detailed construction stages
Approx Budget Range: Undisclosed

Working in partnership with a local designer, Through the Woods, and in very close collaboration with the client this project involved general refurbishment throughout, a significant two storey side extension and new garden studio. The client had strong ideas and brought a lot of input to the project, she drove many of the design decisions and it is a good example of how an architect can truly be an ‘enabling service’. Many design, material palettes and layout choices had already been tested by the clients and our services focussed upon securing planning consent, and a full building regulations & construction design service.


Client ideas and layouts were refined through sketch exercises and these quickly developed into a set of plans and elevations suitable for planning. Additional ideas and thorough testing of ideas through sketch discussions ensured that the final outcome was right for the occupants. Following consent for planning, the new side extension was detailed up in conjunction with input from the client’s chosen builder. This collaborative approach allowed certain efficiencies to be designed into the construction type that best suited the builder’s experience and skills.

A separate garden studio building was built in the garden for use as a design studio for the client and occasional additional bedroom. Detailed construction drawings were prepared, and the client worked directly with the builder to make subsequent minor developments. The resulting building is a beautiful family-centric home that suits its occupants perfectly. Creation of practical spaces such as boot rooms along with more special spaces flooded with daylight have made this a very enjoyable home to live in. A large set of doors open out onto the garden and as this is landscaped with provide a great in-out relationship.