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.

Architecture and building works was something we had not done before and we found Van Ellen and Sheryn easy to work with and very professional, going beyond what was required to make the whole thing straight forward and trouble free.

I wanted to convert an old conservatory into a usable space for all year round use. Van Ellen gave very good initial advice about what options were available to us with regards to the architectural work and costs. Then once we had agreed on a plan were excellent at giving us ideas based on what we thought, but added numerous options of theirs. They then gave us clear drawings of the different options and a smooth transition through the planning permission. They gave us numerous recommended contractors, material ideas, and even helped afterwards when the contractors had more technical questions at no extra cost.

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