This is a wonderful example of how a dated building can be brought back to life! Sitting on a generous plot on the edge of Dartmoor, this home offered all the space a family needs but it just looked a bit tired and the layout felt clumsy.

The new owners and BARC Architects came up with a plan to replace the existing extension with a bigger, more contemporary structure which would connect the house better to the beautiful gardens and wilderness beyond. They also wanted to make some changes to the ground floor layout to suit the family’s needs and lifestyle.

Phase 1 of this project was the garage conversion – the existing structure was made into a studio flat for guests. The new owners lived here while the house was being refurbished.

Phase 2 saw the new garden extension being built. The existing house had new windows fitted throughout and three dormers built on the rear. The ground floor had some layout alterations, including a new staircase. The kitchen was moved from the front of the house to the back. The new layout maximises the light and spectacular views of the moor. It also creates a sense of flow within the building and uses the space more efficiently.

Special features of this project include:

a wood log burner

a sedum roof on the new extension

a panorama window in the staircase

three dormers

powder coated aluminium windows and doors (Aspect Windows)

Sarnafil flat roof system

Design by BARC Architects

Photos by Tom Hargreaves


  • Log burner
  • Sedum room
  • Panorama window

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