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Staddon House

2017 DHBT Conservation Award – Winner

2017 South West LABC Building Excellence Awards – Nominee

This ancient Dartmoor cottage dates back to the Medieval 1300s. When the current owners bought it, four years ago, it was in a 'terrible' condition. As a grade II listed building, both Building Control and the Dartmoor National Park Authority insisted on a host of special conditions being met in its renovation.

The bespoke glass staircase was made with maple wood treads in an unobtrusive style, allowing the restored original features to be seen. Just behind it can be seen tantalising remains of an original stone staircase, which was found hidden in a wall during the restoration.

In one of the bathrooms, a Georgian cupboard has been reinvented as a vanity unit, and the splashback was formed from an old marble tabletop. Contrasting with slick ultra-modern chrome taps and tactile china wash basin, the bathroom has a wonderful evocative feel.

The sprandrelled arch of the granite carved fireplace, restored from behind not one but two newer fireplaces, has been dated by an archaeologist to the 1500s. The fireplace has an original bread oven and even a little shelf for a tinder box.

RM Builders and Contractors Ltd were the principal contractor on site and project managed the renovation from start to finish. The design was by Living Space Architects incorporating sympathetic design and functionality converting two almost derelict buildings into a wonderful family home in a rural setting. The project took almost 18 months to complete involving detailed meetings with local planning, building control and ensuring the work was completed to their strict guidelines.

The clients said "The end result is better than we could have hoped for, thanks to the hard work and skill of all the guys involved."