Nearly two decades on from its original completion, we have revisited and photographed Devon Valley House.
Tucked beneath a hill and hidden from view, this new build home sits in a picturesque Devon valley. The brief was to create a contemporary family home that would sit quietly among its surrounding, replacing the dilapidated farmhouse which was once sat on the site. The new building closely followed the envelope of the original but the details and look are very different, giving a much more contemporary feel.
Inside, the house is open, light and understated with the ground floor almost entirely open plan. With the living area partitioned from the kitchen and dining area by an open-ended wall that contains the fireplace and chimney.
The scheme made use of a simple form and a restricted palette of materials, reflecting local building traditions and incorporating modern construction methods. Clad almost entirely in stones salvages from the demolition, the dark grey stone contrast…