Dartmoor Gentleman's Residence Designed by Thomas Henry Lyon

 

This chalet style house under a delabole slate roof with protective deep over sail and monolithic buttressing set at 45 degrees to the principal facades looks to defy the regular onslaught the high Dartmoor weather hurls at it.

A unique and perhaps curious design attributed to locally renowned architect Thomas Henry Lyon, the first Director of the Cambridge School of Architecture and designer of the recently discovered Italian Garden at Great Ambrook, Ipplepen the house commands sweeping views of the South moor and away to the coast. A key feature is the three massive chimneys and the slated connecting ‘bonnet’ weathering’s which had become prone to leaking; it took some careful methodology and discreetly used modern materials to waterproof the monolithic stacks whilst still retaining the existing unusual design.

Renovating this classic home involved opening out the kitchen and reception rooms to create a central farmhouse living area complete with double doors to maximise the patio and stunning views over the Devon countryside.

Dartmoor Gentleman’s Residence Designed by Thomas Henry Lyon

Challenges

  • Accommodating various unforeseen structural issues on site
  • The discovery of asbestos requiring specialist removal

Successes

  • Fixing the leaking chimneys and restoring the traditional chimneys which were a key feature of the original house
  • The restoration and transformation of the property in keeping with the design philosophy
  • Working with the client to create a vibrant, light and interesting home

Credit

Site manager: Brian Thirtle

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