Made of Sand
This contemporary Douglas fir artist’s retreat has been added to a stone cottage in Devon, providing a relaxing, creative work and holiday space immersed in natural surroundings.
Set in a secluded spot in the Blackdown Hills, Made of Sand was conceived as a flexible guest retreat and independent creative space for visitors wishing to connect with nature or practice their art.
Materials and craft play a key role in anchoring the double-storey extensions in its setting. Red Western cedar cladding has silvered, assimilating the building with the surrounding woodland.
Inside, Douglas fir creates a warm atmosphere, complemented by terracotta and clay. Timber remains on display as the structure is felt throughout in ceiling soffits, battening, window seating and storage.
Built by a local cob-building craftsman, the extension balances architectural precision with organic details. Hand-cut timber joinery demonstrates the care and attention offered by a dedicated client, architect and contractor partnership.
Structural EngineerJJO Associates
Wood SupplierDavid Joyce Cob & Lime
ContractorDavid Joyce Cob & Lime
SpeciesEnglish Red Cedar, English Douglas Fir, European Douglas Fir, Plywood - FSC certified
ClientNatalie Silk and Tom Baker
JoineryFarid Adhamy and Harry Bailey