Interior design – In Ex Design

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In Ex Design were approached to create a family home within a historic walled garden close to the River Exe in East Devon.

Getting planning permission wasn’t a forgone conclusion; not only is the site Curtilage Grade 2 listed, but it is also within an area of outstanding natural beauty and is classed as open countryside (outside a built up area).

We worked hard to design a building that was something special and something East Devon District Council would approve.  We submitted a full planning & listed building application for a new dwelling within the walled garden off Courtlands Lane, Exmouth in August 2022 – we were delighted to receive an approval notice almost a year later.

The client’s approached In Ex Design with a brief to create a single storey rear extension to their Victorian terrace house in Exmouth, which would make a living space as large as possible within the limited area and that would have as much natural light as could be achieved. Our proposal utilised the existing empty space at the side of the property and replaced the existing rear extension to create a new light filled open kitchen dining living space with access to the garden. The new space allowed the existing dining room to be reconfigured for much needed storage with a cloakroom, boot room and utility spaces.

Working on the Old Bond Store Warehouse at Exeter Quay was a real privilege. Such a prominent and historic building required a special touch. After years of standing empty since it’s heyday as a notorious nightclub, the building had fallen into total disrepair. St Austell Brewery bought the building and set about converting the downstairs into an impressive smoke and ale house – The Samuel Jones – and the upstairs into residential units. This is where we came in!

Credit: Photography by Matt Austin Photography.

Heritage Project of the Year
Michelmores Property Awards 2015

Petroc College of further & higher education has a strong Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Department (SLDD) at its Tiverton Campus. The aim of this proposal was to let the department develop and improve further. Allowing a greater number of students to benefit from what the college has to offer, all from within a specifically designed environment that is tailored to the Department’s needs.

The project included the refurbishment of 230m2 of substandard accommodation to facilitate a greater capacity of students. Plus, the delivery of 170m2 of new specialist learning space to enable the development of innovation skills of the students. This was a challenging site which required careful planning and detailing. In Ex Design worked closely with Mid Devon District Council throughout the project.

Shortlisted Project of the Year with a value under £2 million, Michelmores Property Awards 2016

Hillside is a striking, modern large-scale renovation and extension of a Victorian Property, in the coastal village of Lympstone in East Devon, in South West England.

A former bed and breakfast built in the Victorian era, the property was taken on by a great client who saw the potential of the house and its site to convert it into a ‘forever home’. The new modern 2-storey extension, extensive internal refurbishment works and comprehensive landscaping scheme allows the design to work cohesively together.

The client, who owns Complete Solutions, a high-end installer of home cinema, multi-room audio systems and smart home systems gave In Ex Design a brief to not only to create an outstanding family home but also a unique setting in which to showcase the new technologies Complete Solutions supplies. The client’s expertise of modern technology and the level of attention to detail is apparent throughout the design – from construction details to spacial design, from furniture layouts to selection of artwork. The result is a grand yet intimate five-bedroom space which adapts effortlessly to indoor/outdoor living and is modern both in terms of appearance and operation.

“It’s one of those surprising sites.” Says Julie-Ann Clements, Director of In Ex Design “Right in the middle of the village – and you would never believe what lies behind the front door!”

The owners bought this property because they loved the site. Which is close to the village of Lympstone and has views to the Exe Estuary. The house however was known locally as the ugly duckling.

The fake stone concrete cladding was highly absorbent, allowing the driving south westerly winds to blow moisture straight through the solid construction. This along with the leaking roof and the substandard single glazed metal framed windows meant the building was no longer fit for purpose. The house needed a thorough overhaul – or rebuilding!

In Ex Design became involved and after six months of soul searching and design we created an amazing scheme that our clients loved. Considering the site as a whole the original design encompassed a new extension, extensive internal refurbishments and a comprehensive landscaping scheme.

When you are looking to buy a house sometimes your budget doesn’t quite meet your needs! That is what our client found recently!

With a brief for 3 double bedrooms, a large open plan living space, HAS TO BE IN LYMPSTONE… with a large garden, double garage and space for a pool! ‘Now come on’ we said… they don’t want much do they?

Well sometimes you just need a bit of vision and you can have what you need, other times you need ‘our vision’ and we will get you what you want.

The property is Grade two listed and is one of five grand semi-detached houses located in the St Leonard’s Conservation area of Exeter in Devon, South West England.

The clients, who had recently purchased the property approached In Ex Design with a simple brief. They wanted a space within the house where the whole family could all be together at the same time.

In Ex Design explored how to achieve this connected space, establishing the concept of a small extension and slight alterations to the internal walls. To create rooms which read as different spaces but still felt integrated.

As part of the process of learning and understanding the client’s requirements In Ex Design proposed looking at the house and site as a whole to give a better connection to the garden. Achieved by bringing the garden up to the ground floor new extension and sloping the existing ground down to the basement level. As well as an extensive landscape design scheme.

Historically a single pitched roof extension was added to the side of the property providing a kitchen. The extension was not of high quality and although subservient to the original house looked to be an oddly portioned addition. The scheme proposed a new rear single storey extension, leading off the existing side extension which would be reroofed to match the new. It was proposed to remove the oppressive timber balustrading to the decked area which severely limited the connection between the garden and the house, blocking light and access to the basement.