The Sail loft, South Pool, Devon

Renovation of a former sail workshop with A contemporary new wing

The old sail workshop sits at the head of South Pool Creek AONB. A most sensitive conservation area site amongst a cluster of listed 18th-century waterside buildings. We worked closely with Historic England and Natural England to ensure the site ecology was maintained and limit any light pollution of the highly protected estuary habitat.

The whole property has been completely repaired and modernised to create a low energy dwelling that uses the embodied thermal mass of the retained hillside to insulate the house.

A restrained palette of high-quality materials; locally salvaged schist stone retaining walls, anthracite zinc and planting, keys the architecture into the woodland backdrop.

The new wing extension has been cut into the steeply sloped hill, emerging only on the creek facing side to minimise scale and visual impact. Carefully designed patios, nestling low down, balance privacy and yet allow spectacular, panoramic views over South Pool Creek.

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