West Yard Farm

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North Bovey, Dartmoor
Richard Downer
Our clients needed an architect in North Bovey, Dartmoor to provide them with a Full exterior and interior design service for their New Large Home & Barn.

A 19th Century farm complex in the middle of Dartmoor National Park. This farmhouse and its associated barns were in much need of repair and refurbishment. The brief was to create a new large family home, combining the Farmhouse and the Attached Barn with a contemporary glass extension between. Ancillary accommodation would be provided within the former milking parlour.

Partial demolition removed the 1950’s extensions and attached garage. The farmhouse now boasts 4 large bedrooms, sitting room, dining room and a generous kitchen/living area within the ‘Glass box’. This light-weight metal and glass, utilising glazing systems of the highest quality and technology allows panoramic views of the surrounding grounds and the park beyond, and creates axis of movement and light through the existing building stock. Each sliding glass panel that forms this extension, are 3.8m high and 2m wide; at the upper limits of what is achievable.

The old milking parlour has been converted to ancillary accommodation. Half of the existing structure was demolished, replaced with a contemporary green oak timber frame, seemingly ‘emerging’ out of the monolithic barn. A new zinc roof unifies the structure.

The design was well received by the Dartmoor National Park and was seen as both a sympathetic and progressive design solution to bring life back to an historic building within a sensitive context.

The conversion of the milking parlour was recently awarded the Build-It ‘ Best timber frame home of the Year 2014’ National award.

From the start you approached the assignment with a level of creativity and originality, as well as an understanding of how we wanted to live as a family, not shown by any of the many other architects we spoke to. Throughout you have demonstrated exemplary attention to detail, patience and a clear enjoyment in what you do. We started with a run down, dark, claustrophobic house and have ended up with a property truly worthy of its setting in the most beautiful countryside I know.

Mr C Marshall, Devon 2013

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