'The design process of Florence House played with reworking the traditional Devon vernacular, to transform a disused agricultural building into a unique family home'
STATUS COMPLETED 2007
Florence House is a converted traditional cob and stone barn set in a conservation area in rural Devon.
The design process played with reworking the traditional Devon vernacular, to transform a disused agricultural building into a unique family home for Ben and Hannah Huggins, and their young daugther Florence.
Florence House was one of the early culminations of Ben's experimentation and craft of furniture design, expressed at an architectural scale. It has stood the test of time, and now plays an important part in the story of the practice.
Thirty oak butts were felled and converted on site using a mobile saw mill to provide timber for all structural elements of the build including stanchions, trusses, beams and joists crafted in a pop-up, on-site workshop over a 16 month period. Finer grade butts were kiln dried and later used for all interior doors, windows, staircases and bespoke elements which included a vacuum moulded, free standing bath tub for the master bedroom.
The project was serialised for the Saturday Telegraph in a monthly feature for the duration of the project. You can read more about our experience of barn conversions and extensions here.