Ship House. Appledore. Devon.

Ship House is a stunning renovation project set in the idyllic North Devon coastal town of Appledore. With far reaching views of Appledore estuary, we transformed this aging mid-terrace cottage to a modern coastal home. 

The brief was to create a minimalist, contemporary coastal home, with open plan living and clean lines, ensuring to create a seamless connection between inside and outside.


Metters and Wellby Architects were engaged from the initial concept stage, achieving planning permission, through to final detailing and interior design specification. This included the bespoke designed staircase and all final fixtures and fittings. 

Set within a conservation area and with extremely limited access, this project provided plenty of challenges. During the design process, Metters and Wellby Architects completed careful negotiations with the conservation team in order to achieve planning permission.


We successfully gained planning permission for a home that strikes a fine balance of working within important natural environment, and creating a luxury, contemporary home. 

In order to maintain and enhance the conservation area, the exterior road side was retained, which brought challenges during the construction phase. As a mid-terrace house, the only access was the front door. Therefore all materials and construction equipment could only enter through the small front entrance. Despite these obstacles, together with the construction team, we achieved a stunning final result. 

Completed in 2020, this renovation project has transformed this tired terrace cottage into modern coastal haven. 

Photography credits: Brownhill Photography.

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