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Heatherlands, Uplyme, Devon, by Satellite Architects

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[Images + drawings + credits] Extension to an existing house located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Heatherlands adds to an existing house located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Dorset-Devon border. The design responds to the folding of the landscape and roof pitches of the existing house.

The clients, avid swimmers, wanted a major upgrade that included a gym, sauna and pool as well as a new master bedroom suite, living room, garage and storage.

The new living room, to the west, forms a transition point between old and new, collecting reflected views and light. Views out also provide a visual connection to a restored Airstream trailer that functions as an additional guest room.

The new structure takes the stance of an outbuilding, acting as a paddock boundary while protecting the gardens and defining a new view from the south.

The pool is housed within a new sunken level. To reach it, the route from the living room descends into progressively heavier and enclosed areas including vertical, top-lit spaces within the core. Above, the master suite pushes out westwards, opening to spectacular views and providing privacy from the house.

The new build includes passive ventilation, is heavily insulated and has new larch rainscreens while the existing home has been clad with shingles.

Kristin Cross, associate director, Satellite Architects

Building profile

Living room 46.6m2
Bedroom 1 32m2
Gym 25m2
Changing room 9m2
Kitchen 33.35m2
Storage 32.8m2


Start on site April 2009
Completion October 2010
Gross internal floor area 280m2
Form of contract JCT intermediate with contractor design
Total cost Not supplied
Cost per m2Not supplied
Client Neil Hayes and Maria Hayes-Yapp
Architect Satellite Architects
Structural engineer Paul Carpenter Associates
Environmental engineer Brooks Devlin Associates
Main contractor Hannon Young
Cost consultant Randall Simons / Satellite Architects
Approved building inspector Butler & Young

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