Client: Mr & Mrs Gray
Contract: JCT Intermediate 98
Contract Cost: circa £250k
Cost /sqm: £1900
Programme: 40 weeks
This was an opportunity not to be missed. The client had been offered a piece of land near the Bury in
Silverton, the green clump is adjacent to the church and the land in question is situated behind a large
curving cob wall with views across fields.
We started by drawing what the client had asked for, we then priced it and it became obvious the
house they wanted wouldn’t achieve planning consent and wouldn’t be affordable.
The design we had to sell the clients was radically different from their expectations. Denial and
disappoint ensued. Gradually we all arrived at acceptance and we submitted and we were granted
planning consent. This was a great success and the site visit once we started the build was well
attended by the planners from Mid Devon.
The simple design was very efficient in so much as we used Glu-laminated timbers to create a simple
lean to goal post arrangement. This made spanning the space easy and created a free plan, where
we could add partitions where necessary. The250sqm footprint afforded a huge one space living
dining and kitchen area.
Four large bedrooms and a huge family bathroom make this single story house very comfortable. The
water supply is from a borehole as the locals weren’t forthcoming in granting a way leave, so petty
and so unnecessary, obstructive and just plain unhelpful, jealousy perhaps.
The house is remarkable as it has a sedum, blanket roof , which was very unusual back in 2001.
We enjoyed this project and hired all the labour and trades directly for the client, this was a true
design and build contract.
The budget ran out after we had plastered the walls and the clients hired carpenters and finishing
trades as and when, but we played a pivotal role in securing the Grays a wonderful family home in the
heart of Silverton.