The project in a nutshell
Who lives here? Sue and Ian Smith
Property style: Renovated farm buildings
Designer: Adam Tripp, Forza Projects
Location was the biggest factor that persuaded the Smiths to relocate from London to Devon after they retired, finding property in the area is famously hard so a plot just 600 yards from the sea was impossible to turn down. Although the buildings themselves weren’t in a great state, Sue saw the bright side: “We saw the barns as an opportunity to create a spacious home filled with light.”
A huge project, the design has six bedrooms as well as a spacious kitchen and large gardens. It was a brave choice as the couple had never taken a project like this on before. Taking their time was paramount, two years in planning and then eighteen months from design and build to completion.
Sue explains they were eager to keep the beams, so settled on Forza Projects to create bespoke pieces to fit in with the unusual shapes of the space.
“The designs are clean-lined and uncluttered, but the shade of grey glass used on the island and sink run, plus the natural timber elements, create an overall sense of warmth.”
The Smiths have no plans to undertake a project like that again: “this is our absolute perfect kitchen.”
Designer Adam Tripp explains that: “The island is an impressive 4m long by about 1.4m wide, both because the room warranted a large piece and because it is ideal for lots of cooking and entertaining. It’s positioned directly in front of the picture window at the end of the barn, which acts as a feature to draw your eye through and enhance the sense of light and space.”
The glass furniture was made in Italy to fit around the low-level stone walls – “measurements had to be absolutely millimetre precise.”
Light, space and bespoke fittings all combine to make this build truly timeless.
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