Owlacombe Cottage

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Client
Private
Location
Dartmoor, Devon
Photography
Richard Downer
Our clients needed an architect in Dartmoor, Devon to provide them with a Full Architectural Service for their Replacement dwelling.

A 19th Mining cottage that has seen much alteration and extension over the years, and has now fallen into disrepair. The design is for a replacement dwelling.

The architecture is a contemporary interpretation of the Dartmoor mining vernacular, with a heavy stone plinth and light-weight timber structure above. Kitchen and living areas have been located at first floor to benefit from the increased light penetration and lofted ceiling, with bedroom accommodation at ground floor.

A large chimney stack on the gable end makes reference to the exaggerated verticality of historic mining industry architecture.

We used the van Ellen and Sheryn practice as we had been impressed by a project they had completed on Dartmoor. We worked alongside both Eilir and Ian and both were very approachable, experienced and informal….which we liked.

They listened to our brief and appreciated that we had a budget.

Our project was complicated as we wanted to retain the Georgian frontage of the building and demolish the rear, adding a contemporary barn like structure.

They were always available and professional throughout..It’s reassuring to know they are just down the road should we need advice or clarification during the build process. We would certainly recommend them.

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