We were contacted by a client who had recently inherited a property from his eccentric aunt. The site was in a rural location overlooking Tiverton. It had originally been developed as a small holding in the 1930’s but had become seriously run down as the owners became older and less able to manage the property.

The client had already decided he would sell the property and had been given a guide price by the local estate agents that seemed low for the potential of the site. A rebuild of a similar size property would be a significant underdevelopment and so we suggested he should obtain full planning permission for a more substantial home as a way to prove its value. We agreed a modest base fee with a top up based on a percentage of the additional value we could add to the agents valuation.

The long rectangular site ran across the slope, the front half being the original small holding and the rear half being young but well stocked woodland. The new house was placed at the boundary of these two areas running down the slope in keeping with the local vernacular tradition for livestock barns. The simple volume and gables also copied this building type though the cladding materials in render and timber differed from the more traditional stone. The final scheme was for a house with a large 1.5 storey living room, dining room, farmhouse kitchen, four bedroom, three bathrooms with a linked self contained studio /granny annex/home office at the upper end of the block.

The scheme received full planning on it’s first application and sold for substantially more than the original valuation. It seems likely this was a bit low but the agents were certainly surprised by the additional value we were able to add. Both the client and we were delighted by the outcome!