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.

Van Ellen and Sheryn always deliver a friendly, professional, service and do their upmost to see away through the demands of their clients, the natural constraints of any particular site, the budget constraints that may exist, and the expectations of the relevant Local Authority. It can be the case that the desires of a client are not matched by a Local Authority, this can result in adaptations to enable planning permission, Van Ellen and Sheryn always show patience and creativity in trying to overcome such problems. As a planning consultant and historic building consultant I have always enjoyed working alongside Van Ellen and Sheryn and found them efficient and reliable in delivering projects for their clients. My observation is that their clients also have enjoyed working with them and this is best substantiated by the repeat business and positive recommendations I have witnessed them receive. They create attractive solutions and have a sound appreciation of the hurdles often faced in securing planning permission and delivering a scheme, to aid this they have contact with an array of consultants who provide associated services to support development, this includes practices and professionals in the fields of planning, ecology, engineering, ground surveying, drainage etc.

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