If you want to make life tricky, try building a new house with a huge, complex curvy roof. If you live in the countryside you could even make it the shape of a plough. And if that’s not challenge enough, why not build a barn at the same time. That’s exactly what Mark and Candida Diacono and their daughter Nell are doing on their 17 acre smallholding in Devon. Alongside their sweeping wedge shape new home, they’ll build a working barn for cookery courses and to process their highly unusual produce like Szechuan peppers, quinces and pecan nuts.
Mark and Candida set themselves an ambitious schedule of just 7 months to build their matching house and barn – each from very different materials. The house has a timber frame and timber cladding, whereas the barn is all steel frame and traditional Devon cob. It’s a unique technical challenge, and it’s a unique builder taking it on too – a man with his own mission to bring work and skills to local people. It’s a non-traditional set of farm buildings made by a non-conventional team of people. But will it prove a recipe for success, or disaster?
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|ARCHITECT||ORME ARCHITECTURE||01458 445 100|
|MAIN CONTRACTOR||EMBERCOMBE BUILDING COMPANY LTD||07734 289 169
|KITCHEN – HOUSE||SAPPHIRE SPACES||01392 879 320|
|WINDOWS AND DOORS||IDEALCOMBI||01582 860 940|
|KITCHEN APPLIANCES||GARTON KING APPLIANCES LTD||01392 878 262|
|KITCHEN – WINERY||BRITISH STANDARD by PLAIN ENGLISH||02078 707 688|
|LIME PLASTER SPECIALIST SUPPLIER||NIGEL GERVIS||07989 596 982
|GREEN ROOF||A & P FLAT ROOFING SOLUTIONS||01458 851 595|
|STONE FLOORS||MANDARIN STONE||01600 715 444|
|TIMBER FRAME||GILES EASTWOOD||07540 652 574|
|RAINWATER HARVESTING||DIRECT WATER TANKS||03300 172 043|
|THERMODYNAMICS AND PLUMBING||ECO ENERGY SYSTEMS||07866 674 076 / 07512 119 247|
|WINERY TABLES||CMJ CARPENTRY||07828 850 707