Coastal House,
Little Dartmouth, South Devon


Working with award winning London Architects 6a, JE Stacey were the main contractor on this labour of love. Rather than a complete reconstruction, it was decided to work with the existing building and make the most of its original charm.

Set in a beautiful location overlooking the sea, this project involved a huge amount of skilled building work. This early-twentieth century house was stripped back completely to just bare walls. The interior space was reinvented by the removal of one of the four original chimney stacks. New openings were created using board-marked in situ concrete and a winding central staircase connects the three floor levels. This staircase features a bespoke maple handrail on oak balusters. We installed a top lit atrium which naturally illuminates the three landings, enhancing the interior space.

At ground level, the floor level had to be dropped to connect the inside to the out and the existing windows had to be elongated to accommodate this change. These windows fill the public spaces with light, further increasing the feeling of space in this unique property. Details like the slate clad walls that help protect the house from the coastal weather were also reincorporated.

As the main contractor, we arranged, implemented and managed the complete project. From electrical and plumbing services to specialist stone and carpentry work including the sourcing of all necessary materials that were in keeping with the buildings history.

This house featured in Channel 4 Grand Designs House of the Year 2018 – View here

The project has won several award including being nominated for the prestigious RIBA House of Year Awards 2018.

RIBA National Architectural Award 2018

RIBA South West Award 2018

RIBA South West Conservation Award 2018

RIBA House of the Year Award 2018 (nomination)

Arnold Laver Gold Award at Wood Awards 2017

Key Details

  • Client: Private Client
  • Architect: 6a architects
  • Location: Little Dartmouth, South Devon
  • Year Completed: 2018
  • Photographs: © Johan Dehlin
  • Multi award winning
  • Featured in Channel 4 Grand Designs House of the Year 2018

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