Westwoods

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Client
Private
Location
Chudleigh
Photography
Richard Downer
Our clients needed an architect in Chudleigh to provide them with a Full Architectural Service for their Extension and interior re-design.

Westwoods is a substantial Gentleman’s residence, located in Chudleigh, on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park. Our clients recently bought the house and require significant internal re-modelling, along with a new Orangery extension.

After undertaking an historic analysis of the building, we recommended the removal an unsympathetic extension to the front elevation, reinstating the original proportions of the façade, with the addition of a lightweight and ornate steel veranda with glazed roof.

The new Orangery is designed as an extension of the original brick garden wall, wrapping around the side of the Southern elevation. Its simplistic form, with large glazed openings and flat roof provide a calm and restrained addition, allowing the architecture of the main house to dominate. A thin, Dutch brick has been chosen as the predominant facing material, wrapping underneath the generous overhangs to form the soffit. The structure will be steel frame which, teamed with a high performance glazing system, will allow clear openings with no supporting structure at the predominant corner.

Planning permission was granted in December 2013 and work was completed in July 2016.

My husband and I are in the process of turning a damp-infested. nastily converted barn from the 1980’s into what we hope will be a beautiful, architecturally interesting base in cornwall. We are ambitious for it but like most people, don’t have an endless pot of money. We are also completely new to anything like this. We’ve never even used an architect before. We met many, most of whom were based closer but it was perfectly obvious to both of us that Eilir and his team were the ones we wanted to use despite their practice being Devon, not Cornwall based. Logistically it’s not as sensible but in every other respect they far outclassed everyone else we met. We loved their work and felt our aesthetic was similar. Plus we felt we’d get on as people. And be able to lean on them when things got stressful as they inevitably will do!

We are yet to begin the build but have done the design and got planning approval, undoubtedly thanks to Van Ellen & Sheryn. Eilir and David contributed so much to getting the design through planning, really working with the council to ensure it would get approval. It is quite a brave design for a barn so we hadn’t expected it to be so smooth but Van Ellen & Sheryn managed to achieve our mutual ambition for the project, whilst at the same time satisfying any potential concerns the council might have.

What is also hugely helpful is how promptly and thoroughly they respond to concerns or silly questions we might have. I feel I always have counsel when I need it, someone I can lean on, who I trust, for advice. We have expensive taste but not really the budget to back it up! Going into the next set of drawings, that is something that has worried us, but we have been able to lean on Van Ellen & Sheryn who are advising us on bringing the costs down on the build so they hit our budget.

Beautiful, interesting, sympathetic design generated by lovely, talented people who have given us lots of time and attention when we ask for it. And they have great knowledge – and taste. From my experience so far, they are a class act.

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