Contemporary merges with traditional in our recent 18-month restoration of a traditional Devon longhouse in Walkhampton
This ancient Dartmoor cottage dates back to the Medieval 1300s. When the current owners bought it, four years ago, it was in a ‘terrible’ condition. As a grade ii listed building, both Building Control and the Dartmoor National Park Authority insisted on a host of special conditions being met in its renovation.
The bespoke glass staircase was made with maple wood treads in an unobtrusive style, allowing the restored original features to be seen. Just behind it can be seen tantalising remains of an original stone staircase, whch was found hidden in a wall during the restoration.
In one of the bathrooms, a Georgian cupboard has been reinvented as a vanity unit, and the splashback was formed from an old marble table top. Contrasting with slick ultra-modern chrome taps and tactile china wash basin, the bathroom has a wonderful evocative feel.
The sprandrelled arch of the granite carved fireplace , restored from behind not one but two newer fireplaces, has been dated by an archaeologist to the 1500s. The fireplace has an original bread oven and even a little shelf for a tinder box.
This project was nominated for a Local Area Building Control award in Spring of 2017. The architects were Living Space Architects.
The project was also shortlisted for a Building Conservation Design Award by the Devon Historic Buildings Trust in Autumn 2017.