Wood by the sea: Coastal house in Devon

Wood by the sea: Coastal house in Devon

This award-winning refurbishment by 6a architects of a house in Devon shows the impact of wood on white

By Hari Alexander

Coastal House in Devon is an inspiration for anyone wanting to incorporate wood as the stand out feature of their interior. The project won 6a architects the Arnold Laver Gold Award and best overall interior prize in this year's Wood Awards

Architect: 6a architects
Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
Main Contractor/Builder: JE Stacey
Joinery Company: Touch Design Group
Wood Supplier: Traditional Oak and Timber Co.
Wood Species: French Oak, British Douglas Fir, British Pine
Coastal House is an early 20th century family home with wonderful views of the sea. The house has been transformed by stripping it back to its stone walls. Originally raised on a plinth above a basement, the ground floor has been lowered so it is actually at ground level and this increased the size of the rooms and created tall, elongated openings to the outside. 
Sea views make this house a delight
6a architects, based in London, lowered the ground floor to ground level!
Three species of wood were used in the house
The house has a very pure and clean aesthetic
The walls were stripped back to the original stone

A series of oak beams make up the exposed primary structure. The internal spaces have been completely reconfigured. Three floors on the north end of the house connect to two floors on the south. Each space has a distinct volume and ceiling height, with the central stair offering clear views through the whole house. Tapered oak verticals are used as supports throughout, including primary drawing room columns, external veranda posts and the stair spindles.