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West Ridge Farm, Cadeleigh

Client: Private
Area: 200 m²
Stage: Pre-Construction
Description: Extension & Alteration to existing dwelling

The layout and form of the habitable accommodation within the existing farmhouse is inadequate by modern standards and does not serve the specific needs of its owners. The appearance of the building is nondescript and does little to contribute to it’s setting.

The proposed additions comprise a principal extension along the southern elevation of the existing farmhouse and a small extension along part of its northern elevation. It is also proposed to reconfigure the roof profile of the property. The accommodation is arranged on two main levels. Open-plan spaces forming Living and Dining areas are placed along this southern frontage where they benefit from maximum sunlight.

We considered that a strong building form, with a simple elevational vocabulary would be best suited to such a location. As a result the robust rendered elevations are articulated by the use of steps and curves to reflect the spaces contained within, but the whole composition is unified under the overhang of the deeply oversailing roof. Its western part comprises a masonary form, which is articulated by bold openings and punctuated by a monolithic chimney stack. The northern elevation has a more traditional 2 storey appearance which is enlivened by a small single storey lean-to extension.

The completed building will conform to the highest environmental standards and has been designed to be predominantly heated, cooled and ventilated naturally, through passive systems.

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