Class Q Conversion, Devon
Our clients tasked us with the conversion of an existing Mole Valley Shed into a contemporary and light-filled family dwelling. They sought to maximise on the property’s limited space and create a home that would allow their young family to grow and change over time. It was also a requirement that the property would be highly insulated and as self-sufficient as possible.
Prior to our work on Mole End, the building served as an uninspiring storage shed. As it was a Class Q Conversion, we understood that there was limited scope to transform its external envelope; however, we were able to enhance the building’s exterior by cladding it in sustainably-sourced sweet chestnut timber and installing a new roof and downpipes. Inside, we made clever use of the property’s available height to create concealed storage spaces and flood the dwelling with natural light. The property is now entered through a generously-sized entrance porch with practical built-in storage, perfect for shedding coats and boots. In the main living space we introduced a hybrid guest sleeping and storage space on a mezzanine level, which extends above the two bedrooms. We also installed several skylights and picture windows, which further connect the dwelling to its rural surroundings. Today, Mole End is a spacious and contemporary family home that is extremely well-insulated and energy efficient.