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Living Space Architects are experienced in working on Listed and Historic buildings as well as creating buildings in sensitive locations.

We take a contemporary approach to the design of new elements and interiors.  While listing introduces a greater degree of control, it does not mean a building should be frozen in time but calls for well-informed and intelligent management of changes.

Both directors have a wealth of experience working within conservation areas in London and throughout the South West, and Kirsty Curnow Bayley is an RIBA Conservation Registrant.

We provide Statements of Significance and Impact Assessments to accompany our designs that enable the sensitive and appropriate extension and refurbishment of historic buildings – be it a contemporary intervention or complementary addition.

Recent work includes extending and altering St Peter’s church in Lewtrehchard, a sensitive extension to a barn within the setting of a listed building and many proejcts within conservation areas and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Extension to Grade II listed Georgian Townhouse

Part of a row of elegant Georgian townhouses in Exeter, this building was listed because of it’s value as a set piece and its contribution to the St Leonard’s conservation area in Exeter. It is often easier to extend Georgian and Victorian properties in a contemporary architectural style, as the architecture at the back tends to […]

Rear Extension to Georgian House

Contemporary rear extension to a Georgian house within a conservation area, using a simple contemporary approach, drawing in more light and a better connection with the garden.  The resulting design also gave access onto a walk-on roof light, giving fabulous views out over the Exe river to the city and countryside beyond.  The extension drew […]

Conversion of Glove Factory into apartments

This exciting scheme involves the conversion of a Listed, three story Victorian Factory Building into ten mixed size apartments. This will include two unique penthouse lofts with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Each distinctive new apartment will benefit from a bright and spacious, open plan living space. Original features will be retained to create dwellings […]

Refurbishment of Grade II Listed Long House, Dartmoor

Staddons House & Cottage were originally built as one open hall house in the Early 14th century.  During subsequent periods of history the house was split first into 3 dwellings, then to two and the current owners wish to complete this circle of history by re-uniting the two parts of the house into one dwelling […]

Conversion of Grade II Listed 19th Century Townhouses, Exeter

The terrace of three townhouses at 38-40 Southernhay, Exeter, currently used for offices, were constructed around 200 years ago. However, the conversion back to their residential use along with a first floor rear extension and additional townhouse at the rear with a contemporary fibre cement cladding, will see the properties benefit from a sensitive refurbishment programme, […]

St Leonards Conservation Area

Plans for this property create a substantial family dwelling with the potential to easily convert it into three self-contained flats that could be separately rented or sold off at a later date. Located within a conservation area, the front of the property will be restored to its original state and the depth of its balcony will be increased so that […]

The Hermitage Shaldon

The Hermitage, a Grade 2 listed building, has been a family home for over 30 years. The owners wanted to improve the flow of the building after several previous extensions had left it feeling rather fragmented. They wanted to look at different options for reorganising the spaces to help them work better, making use of […]

Listed Cottage Extension in Thorverton, Exeter

Cherry Tree Cottage has been significantly altered and modernised internally, although it’s plan form still clearly shows it’s origins as a C17th house. It’s significance as a listed building is in part due to the grouping it forms with the adjacent Berribridge House.  The listing text for this property and anecdotal evidence suggests that the […]

Listed House Extension & Alterations

This stunning extension to a listed house in south Devon was a achieved through careful consultation with the conservation officer.  Drawings were created to show the age and significance of different parts of the house and how the extension would have little impact on oldest parts.  The extension is designed to create a strong link […]

Barn Extension The Granary Teignbridge

Set within the landscape of a Listed farm building, this sensitive extension and loft conversion required extensive negotiations with Teignbridge District council and EnglishHeritage and creates a contemporary extension which sits perfectly with the traditional barn form..  The work was completed on site by Carpenter Oak, contractors for several Grand Designs projects, who work with […]

Extension & Alterations to Historic Building Tavistock

A large extension to this beautiful Cottage Orne style house, which was once part of the Endsleigh Estate near Tavistock in Devon; this project was recently featured in Period Living Magazine.  The extension was designed to blend seamlessly with the original house through the use of reclaimed materials, whilst original featuers were painstakingly restored. Tweet

St Peter’s Church Lewtrenchard

Living Space worked closely with the Church of St Peters in Lewtrenchard on the edge of Dartmoor to develop a low lying extension providing space for community groups and a new accessible toilet.  The project involved obtaining a Faculty for the works and drawing in the expertise of Archaeologists and Stone Masons to support the […]



Durnford Street, Plymouth

This contemporary extension was designed to be in contrast with the existing Grade II listed Georgian terraced house, whilst using local and traditional materials.  The extension provides a new kitchen and family space on the lower ground floor opening out to the courtyard garden. The existing 3 separate apartments were joined together with the original staircase being […]

St Leonards Exeter

The proposal for an extension to a house within the St Leonards Conservation Area in Exeter creates a new extension at first floor at the rear of the property in the gap between two existing rear additions.  The planning application process included consultations with the Conservation Officer to ensure a positive outcome.  As with all […]

South West Crafts Tavistock

We gained listed building consent for alterations to create a new craft shop in the centre of Tavistock. Tweet