The Househunter: Room by Room

21st June 2019
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Something quite different for you this week as we’re off to Devon to have a look at this four bedroom house near Crediton, which is on the market with Staggs for £775,000.

It began life as a barn, no surprises there, although the owners have created something very unbarn-like by adding a zinc roof and full height sliding aluminium doors the length of the property. This is extreme inside out living. I love the way you can see straight through the house in places – it helps it vanish into the landscape.

I’m guessing this might be quite Marmite but there is something about it I rather love although as the house is so open I think I would like more tall trees around it so you could blend into the landscape but feel a little private at the same time.

There are four bedrooms, one of which is behind the kitchen above, where there is also a utility room, and the others are all along the front as you can see. On the far end there is a bedroom with an open plan bathroom – and if you live in a house like this where the walls basically all vanish to connect you with the garden  this is not the time to be complaining about having a bath in the bedroom.

The next three bedrooms are smaller as a corridor runs along the back of the house to give them all separate access. You then walk through an office/snug to reach this incredible open L-shaped kitchen diner.

I confess to being much more intrigued by this than I thought I would be. Although that might be the time of year. It’s hard to imagine what it would be like in November although I like nothing more than sitting in the warm and dry watching the clouds and the weather pass by so I might like it then as well.

It’s a real lesson in zoning open plan spaces. Firstly rugs – lots. Then I would create more of a cosy seating area that faces out or at least put another sofa opposite that one above, which has no need to be hugging the wall like it is. There’s no shortage of space here so you can afford to put furniture in the middle. I know this is something that goes against every instinct for many but try it. In a large space it will look better.

What is easy to visualise is sitting with all the doors pulled back in the summer and staring over the rolling hill views. What do you think? Tweak the decor a little and add some plants to the front deck, maybe string some hammocks between the wooden posts that you can lie in when the doors are pulled back….

Anyone for Devon?






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  • Aida 22nd June 2019 at 5:26 am

    How many birds have to die by flying into glass walls! I love this but it would be too distressing. I have a problem with birds trying to take a shortcut through a corner of my very traditional brick house because I have a glass door. Solved it with a blind but kind of defeats the purpose!

  • Lem 21st June 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Those views! It’s stunning.
    When I die I’m going to Devon 😍

  • Anna 21st June 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Being ancient, this house would suit how we now live now but rather too much land to manage.
    Both the interior and exterior areas need softening. Lots of fabric to enhance some of the windows. Paint and yes rugs and more comfortable and better placed furniture. An exciting challenge if you want to be in this attractive part of Devon.

  • Leslie-Anne 21st June 2019 at 11:44 am

    Are there no mosquitos in Devon?

  • Liz 21st June 2019 at 10:58 am

    I love it! Love the light and the glass. My lottery house 🙂

  • Debs 21st June 2019 at 8:24 am

    Sorry can’t stop to chat, need to go buy my lotto ticket ASAP. Oh and some Marmite !

  • Bridget Whelan 21st June 2019 at 8:11 am

    I would love it on a bright June morning but what about the weeks of chill greyness, broken by rain that we can have at almost any time of the year ? If the glass is triple glazed it probably won’t be cold, but it would still feel cold and uncomfortable. And what about the days when the washing machine is broken, the bedrooms are a mess, teenage daughter’s 24/7 techno beat is competing with the sound of the rain on the roof and the windows need cleaning. There’s such a thing as fair weather friends, this is a fair weather house.

  • Sarah Wilson 21st June 2019 at 8:00 am

    I love it but whether I could live in it, is another matter.

  • Mandy Winters 21st June 2019 at 7:39 am

    Horrendous. This is not the Arizona desert. Well, you said it was marmite !

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