A chapel conversion in Devon

Posted on Wed, 1 May 2024 by KiM

Tucked within the picturesque landscape of west Devon is the Old Chapel. This early 20th century sanctuary has been reinterpreted into a family home that maximises its compelling ecclesiastical interior. The nave is now a spacious open plan living area, revolving around a central wood burning stove, with slender arched windows framing the coastal topography beyond. Reclaimed timber boards line the stripped-back ceiling, intermittently broken by restored rhythmic joists accentuating the drama of the pitched eaves. Levitating above the kitchen is a new plywood room housing an additional bedroom and study space which can be reached from a new stairwell wending its way between a repointed stone gable. Downstairs the crypt has been extended to accommodate generous south-facing bedrooms that overlook a sloping garden and intimate courtyard. Sculpted niches have been recessed into the thick stone walls, housing subtle light fixtures. We love church conversions and this one with a distinctive modern and minimal approach is so soothing. You can almost hear the angels singing. Architect: Tuckey Design Studio; Photos: James Brittain.

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