This was an ambitious project to transform a run down Georgian house in the centre of Exeter, Devon into an energy efficient contemporary home. In the heart of Exeter’s City Centre Conservation Area the original building was locally listed and in the setting of the historic City Wall, a Scheduled Monument. The contemporary approach of the architects and the quality of the design for the new extension won favour with Exeter City planning officers and Historic England. The project injects natural light into the existing house as well as creating a complimentary relationship between the historic original interior and the relatively minimalist but carefully crafted aesthetic of the new extension.
Alongside the eye catching copper clad extension the project included complete refurbishment of the historic building. The Architects had to work closely with Exeter City Council to agree the improvements to the existing building. Alongside the cosmetic improvements to all rooms the work included: addition of external insulation to walls, floors and roofs; retrofitting a Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery system; and installation of Photovoltaic panels linked to a storage battery. The extension dovetails perfectly with the landscaping designed by talented local designer Dana Assinder, the relationship between inside and out is vital in creating a sense of openness and space in this city centre project.
The project was awarded a Commendation in the 2019 Devon Historic Buildings Trust Conservation Awards. The judging panel recognised the ambition and success of the project in placing an unashamedly contemporary building in a historical setting.
- Works: Complete eco refurbishment and extension
- Budget: £350,000.00
- Floor Area: 28m2 new build 165m2 refurbishment
- Construction Period: 18 months
- Contractor: Mat Hilton
- Structural Engineers: TWP Engineers