Lee House

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the South Hams, Devon
Richard Downer
Our clients needed an architect in the South Hams, Devon to provide them with a Full exterior and interior design service for their House extension.

Van Ellen + Sheryn have completed a contemporary glass extension and whole house refurbishment to a striking Grade II listed Georgian house, set within generous gardens on the edge of a small village in the South Hams.

The clients wished to replace the existing, unsympathetic conservatory with a more purposeful, multi-functional extension. They wanted to improve the connection with their garden and have a general day room from which they could enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside.

We proposed a clean and contemporary, single storey volume that does not interfere with the proportions or presence of the imposing Georgian House. The structure is set back from the facade so that the fine glazing panels can wrap around the room in one continuous run, allowing uninterrupted views out.  Large sliding doors give access onto the terrace and gardens. A generous roof light, situated against the house, lets further light pour into the extension, and into the more intimate livings room in the old house.

The new garden room enjoys underfloor heating with electrically operated blinds on all elevations and the roof light. The room is accessed from the formal living and kitchen / dining room, and improves flow and connection through the ground floor.

The Georgian house was completely refurbished with a new kitchen, new bathrooms and new flooring and redecoration throughout.

Van Ellen + Sheryn did a fantastic job putting a modern extension onto a thatched cottage. After a couple of false starts the final agreed lan was exactly what we wanted linking the House with its surroundings.

The specifications of the glass and cladding lifted the build even further into something truly wonderful.

Without exception everybody we had dealings with at the firm were polite helpful and at all times professional. I can’t recommend them highly enough.

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