AN ABANDONED shed on a farm has been transformed into a luxury eco-friendly home and is on the market for nearly £800,000.
The stunning country home with spectacular views of the Devon countryside was created by an architect and his wife and has been described as “London docklands apartment meets rural barn”.
Mike and Ruth Derry snapped up the derelict building two years ago and converted it into two 3,300 sq-ft homes, one for themselves and the other up for grabs for potential buyers.
The property, called Southside, has exposed timbers, bespoke fittings and plenty of renewable energy features, including solar panels, an air source heat pump and a double-sided log burner.
The house is highly insulated and has electrically-controlled roof windows, as well as water supplied from a newly-drilled borehole.
We decided we wanted to build something from scratch
At their property, Northside, the Derrys also plan to become more self-sufficient by keeping livestock and growing a vegetable garden and planting fruit trees.
Southside has 3,305 sq-ft of accommodation with an entrance hall and an open plan living space that works as a kitchen, dining room and living room.
The family will have a utility room, pantry, games and TV room as well as four spacious bedrooms.
Outside it has landscaped gardens of about half an acre and then beyond it has stunning views of the surrounding countryside with rolling hills, fields and woodland as far as the eye can see.
Mrs Derry, 50, who is a tennis coach and drama teacher, said: “We decided we wanted to build something from scratch and spent a summer walking everywhere trying to find a cow shed.
“We found this steel-framed shed with epic views. I didn’t like it at first but Mike convinced me it was the right thing.
“It was huge, almost like a hangar so we decided to split it in two as a more affordable way of building our dream home.
“We thought it would be quite exciting to have a blank canvas, but you need to find a loophole in the planning restrictions – it took us over a year.
We kept this timber, cleaned them up and clad internal feature walls and we built our feature fireplaces from old reclaimed bricks
“The original steel frames are left untouched and exposed.
“It was important to us to build an energy-efficient home and use recycled materials.
“The outside of the shed was built of wood.
“We kept this timber, cleaned them up and clad internal feature walls and we built our feature fireplaces from old reclaimed bricks.
“When Mike showed me and our daughters his design we poo-pooed it a bit at first because we wanted it to be girly and it was very hard materials and industrial.
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“I think we were his most difficult clients because we had so many opinions, but now live in the most beautiful space.
“There are enormous views and huge skies, the sunsets are epic.
“We can see a few neighbours in different fields but the view is mostly very green.
“We are so proud of the result.”