Run down farm SHED transformed into stunning £800,000 solar-powered country home in Devon

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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”.

 The magnificent build is surrounded by the rolling Devonshire hills and dubbed 'Southside' by the proud couple

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The magnificent build is surrounded by the rolling Devonshire hills and dubbed ‘Southside’ by the proud couple

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

Ruth

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.

ECO-FRIENDLY

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

Ruth

“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.

“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.”

 The former steel-framed shed has been described as London docklands apartment meets Devon rural barn"

Bournemouth News

The former steel-framed shed has been described as London docklands apartment meets Devon rural barn”
 The couple enjoy stunning scenery from their unusual home

Bournemouth News

The couple enjoy stunning scenery from their unusual home
 Despite being minimalist, the couple have managed to keep the interior warm and homely

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Despite being minimalist, the couple have managed to keep the interior warm and homely
 The original framework can be seen, as well as reclaimed bricks to keep the authenticity of the building

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The original framework can be seen, as well as reclaimed bricks to keep the authenticity of the building
 The incredible build has had such a transformation from its original state. It was disused and needed a lot of work doing to it

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The incredible build has had such a transformation from its original state. It was disused and needed a lot of work doing to it
 The couple have said that they want to make a conscious effort to downsize their carbon footprint by living more sustainably

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The couple have said that they want to make a conscious effort to downsize their carbon footprint by living more sustainably
 They plan on keeping livestock and growing their own fruit and vegetables on their land as a way to stay as green as possible

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They plan on keeping livestock and growing their own fruit and vegetables on their land as a way to stay as green as possible
 The property has plenty of renewable energy features, including solar panels, an air source heat pump and a double-sided log burner

Bournemouth News

The property has plenty of renewable energy features, including solar panels, an air source heat pump and a double-sided log burner
 Ruth said that originally she and their daughters wanted something a little more "girly" and felt that the barn was too industrial

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Ruth said that originally she and their daughters wanted something a little more “girly” and felt that the barn was too industrial
 Mike designed the property to be open plan, with a huge space for the family to spend time together

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Mike designed the property to be open plan, with a huge space for the family to spend time together
 The family said that they didn't have many neighbours either, so were able to enjoy the undisturbed scenery

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The family said that they didn’t have many neighbours either, so were able to enjoy the undisturbed scenery
 Despite the secluded nature of the renovation, the nearest village is less than half a mile - making the weekly shop easy for the family

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Despite the secluded nature of the renovation, the nearest village is less than half a mile – making the weekly shop easy for the family
 The couple spent an entire summer exploring the area, looking for barns that they could renovate

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The couple spent an entire summer exploring the area, looking for barns that they could renovate
 The shed that has been transformed into a luxury home with spectacular countryside views has gone on the market for £795,000

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The shed that has been transformed into a luxury home with spectacular countryside views has gone on the market for £795,000
 A snap of the couple's garden, which overlooks the stunning countryside

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A snap of the couple’s garden, which overlooks the stunning countryside





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