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Extension & Refurbishment

Living Space Architects have an huge amount of experience of extending and refurbishing existing buildings.  We offer an initial 4 hour design service to help kick start your project and give advice on design options, possible options and costs.

Our designs can help introduce more light, space and views to your property – reinventing it for contemporary life.  Our designs are site specific drawing from the existing architecture and landscape – we do not have a specific style.  If you think you could benefit from one of our design sessions, call our team in our Exeter office for some help and advice.


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 […]

Extension and refurbishment in Thornton Hill, Exeter

This 3 storey terraced house in Thornton Hill has been extended with a small contemporary addition on the ground floor. The existing conservatory has been replaced along with a part of the utility building, creating a new light & open plan family kitchen-dining area. The extension has been designed with a sloping roof & a […]

Alterations to Detached Home, Lympstone

Successful planning application for alterations to this detached home. The creation of a square gable projection on the first floor allows a new light, open plan kitchen-dining area, whilst the ground floor garage conversion provides an additional bedroom. The modernisation of this home will bring a contemporary aesthetic to a highly insulated building. Tweet

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 […]

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 […]

House Extension & Refurbishment Grey Wings Cornwall

Extension to house in Looe, Cornwall.  The project included the refurbishment of the existing house and integration of sustainable technology including a photovoltaic array and grey water recycling system as well as increasing the overall level of insulation and replacing windows throughout the house.  Materials including the chestnut timber frame were sourced locally from an […]

Refurbishment & Extension White Horses Bantham

The extension and refurbishment of this large house in Bantham overlooking Burgh Island.  The house was converted into 4 flats which are used as private holiday accomodation by the owners and their extended family.  Insulation was increased wherever possible internally and solar panels were added to the roof to suplement hot water heating. Tweet

House Refurbishment & Extension Holbeton

A transformative renovation and extension project for a bungalow in Holbeton in the South Hams in Devon.  This project includes a south facing glazed extension which takes advantage of solar gain and helps heat the house.  By inserting new larger windows and re-configuring internal walls Living Space created the perfect family home fitting for its […]

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 to house in Livermead, Torquay

This Art Deco style extension was designed for a house in Livermead in Torquay. Tweet

Extension St Leonards Road Exeter

This contemporary extension to a house in central Exeter improves the existing entrance hall space and creates a new kitchen dining area.  The planing application stage involved negotiations with the Conservation officer where we created 3 dimensional photo montages to show the impact on the surrounding conservation area.  A consultative approach which led to a […]

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

Extension & Alterations to Hay House, Haytor Dartmoor

The alterations to an existing historic house to provide a new open plan kitchen/ dining room  with sliding folding door to draw more light to the house, and the creation of 2 new bedrooms and bathroom accommodation. Tweet

Self Build Contemporary House Extension and Refurbishment

This house refurbishment and extension has been undertaken as a self build. The work is still underway but the standard of finish and detail is excellent. Tweet

Sustainable Refurbishment Sunrise Cornwall

This house refurbishment in St Germans, Cornwall started with an air source heat pump installed with efficient low temperature radiators and a rain water storage tank under the garden lawn.  Energy bills were greatly reduced to the extent that several neighbours have decided to install a similar system. Insualtion is added wherever possible including the cavity walls and roof. […]


This contemporary sunroom extension in Thurlestone, South Devon created a space were the owners could feel they were sitting in their garden at any time of the year.  The brief included designing a glass facade with minimal glazing bars so that the view was as uninterrupted as possible.  This is a true sunroom with separate heating […]

Forestry Houses Dartmoor

This refurbishment project made significant changes to the internal layout of an existing forestry workers house in Postbridge within Dartmoor National Park.  The project involved inserting large areas of glazing, creating more open plan spaces and drawing in light and views.  Inventive use of glass and a new staircase help to give a sense of space […]

Blue Haven, Salcombe

Internal alterations and large new deck for this ground floor apartment with some of the best views in Salcombe.  As this was a sensitive conservation area, the project involved negotiations with South Hams District Council and the Conservation officer to create a facade that sat well in the surrounding townscape without using the usual glass […]

Badgers, West Devon

Extension to a steep roofed Chalet style house in West Devon on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, to create a garden room and open plan family room.  The extension roof needed to link cleverly with the low eaves of the existing house and resulted in a contemporary design in contrast to the existing house. […]


A house refurbishment in Cornwall.  Walls were dry lined internally with a specialist damp proof membrane which allows the historic stone walls to breath.  Insulation was added withing the roof and insulated plasterboard used giving increased energy efficiency and reduced heating requirements. Tweet

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 […]

Extension, Chiswick, London

This contemporary refurbishment to a terraced House in Chiswick included a stunning loft conversion and quirky ground floor extension that mirrored the adjoining properties lean-to extension.  The new ground floor space provides an open plan kitchen dining room with large doors onto the courtyard garden.  The clever roof design helps to draw as much light as […]