The aim of the project was to create a flexible, working environment and domestic family
room that maximized the potential of the site.
The design provides a new kitchen, family room and architectural office at the rear of the existing
building. Walls have been modified and opened up to maximize the connection between the
front garden which has views over the rolling hills of Devon, towards the rear private garden
and external paved area.
The two-way fire place is centered between the existing building and new extension with
adjacent walls removed to promote open plan living and serves as a symbolic heart to the
house. A lightweight timber spiral stair offers an efficient and graceful connection between
the ground and first floor.
Slim-line glazed framing and a controlled use of materials provide a calm living and working environment.
The building has been designed to accommodate a second storey when and if required.
The building utilizes composite steel and timber framed paneling system to create a highly
insulated envelope and generous north facing windows and views into the garden.
Under-floor heating minimizes the need for peaks and troughs in heating demands and
enhanced U-values and good air tightness meet high sustainable energy targets.
The project is used by the Planning Authority as an exemplar of high quality contemporary
design in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park.
Client – Rud Sawers
Cost – £80,000
Total Floor Area – 100 sqm