Dartmoor Family Home

Substantial Victorian house rescued from decades of ‘improvements’

The brief

A classic case of ‘help us achieve its potential’. The new owners of this beautiful property on the edge of Dartmoor ordered a comprehensive refurbishment programme including a greatly enlarged kitchen, a master bedroom suite of rooms and the proper integration of a bolt-on sunroom. The clients both worked in London, so key to success was asking Ashton House Design to oversee all aspects of the project, and trust them to deliver.

The work

Our young clients embraced some bold proposals and we were on site regularly to ensure that our designs for lighting, bathrooms and a steam room, were correctly implemented. The interior is characterised by some intriguing architectural features, innovative lighting and a confident use of colour, resulting in an expansive home suited to a growing family.

The result?

‘We instructed Ashton House Design to advise and source interior design solutions and liaise with contractors on site. They were happy to work directly with everyone involved, were often pre-empting problems and finding solutions without needing to involve me.

My wife and I were extremely pleased with the finished design and found the process extremely enjoyable. It would have been quite daunting without them. There’s always concern that a designer will try to force their views and tastes on you, but it was apparent early on, that not only would they be finding solutions to suit our tastes but they had quickly picked up what our tastes were and therefore all the options they brought to us were good fits and in keeping with our tastes and the setting of the house.

During the four months of the main works, the Ashton House Design team were on site extensively and would go about their work professionally and sympathetically with the various contractors on site.

I cannot recommend them highly enough, both in terms of the quality of the design work and in the professional way they handle all of the logistics, whether it’s onsite or liaising with contractors and suppliers off-site.

~ Owner

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