VESP architects complete new build house at Moore Farm

VESP architects have completed the new build house at Moore farm in the summer of 2023. Working with the same contractor and project manager as the hugely successful Higher Dorsley, there are some notable similarities to the aesthetic and detailing. The new house is a contemporary take on the traditional Devon farmhouse cluster. Comfortably settled into the rolling South Hams landscape near Totnes, Devon, the house is a new family home for our clients who have lived and worked on the farm for generations.

Planning Permission was successfully achieved following a series of applications to establish permission for a new build house in direct replacement of a Class Q barn conversion. Taking inspiration from the informal manner in which Devon farmhouses have evolved, the new home is divided into two principal volumes set on a yard. Bedroom accommodation is separated from the open plan Kitchen / Dining / Living space by a stone-walled single storey entrance link.

The construction is timber framed, ensuring its embodied carbon is low by reducing the need for concrete and steel. Solar PV panels are combined with MVHR (mechanical ventilation heat recovery), an air-source heat pump and underfloor heating to create an efficient, well ventilated and warm home. The south-facing glazing can absorb heat from the sun during the winter months, whilst it’s protected from the summer sun by the over-hanging roof structure – allowing the home to passively heat before using electrical energy.

Agricultural materials have been used in a contemporary way that also refer to the local vernacular ; crisp metal roofs sit over silvered timber weather boarding and beautifully laid stone, creating a finely crafted, modern rework of the traditional rustic farmhouse.

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