evolution design converts chapel into quaint holiday home in england
 
evolution design converts chapel into quaint holiday home in england evolution design converts chapel into quaint holiday home in england
oct 05, 2015

evolution design converts chapel into quaint holiday home in england

evolution design converts chapel into quaint holiday home in england
photography by chris humphreys

 

 

 

swiss firm evolution design were charged with converting this chapel into a spacious self-catering holiday home for up to seven guests. based in the middle of the uninterrupted countryside of forest-in-teesdale in country durham, this peaceful english holiday home has a large open-plan kitchen, living room and four bedrooms. dating back to the 1880s, the existing structure was left vacant and in a state of disrepair for a protracted period of time. the conversion project enabled architects and engineers to regenerate and evaluate the chapel for maintenance and improvement.

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the chapel dates back to the 1800s

 

 

 

internally, the space has been decorated in a contemporary manner all the while being set among a backdrop of the high chapel ceilings, gothic windows and timber trusses. ‘we wanted to create a space that was modern and yet had a traditional language that would complement the historic nature of the chapel and appeal to a wide range of guests. this was reflected in our choice of furniture and finishes,’ explains designer paul king. ‘all materials and design had been considered in the context of the character and appearance of the existing building and the teesdale  vernacular. traditional materials were proposed to ensure the scheme respects the character of the landscape and the existing buildings.’

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the kitchen has been furnished in a rustic, farmhouse style

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using traditional tiles to cover the full height of the back wall highlights the ceiling height and feeling of space

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the bright and airy home takes advantage of the gothic windows and rural landscape

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the aim was to keep a traditional feel by retaining the roof trusses with a natural finish

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the wooden staircase leads up to the bedrooms

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the original windows of the 19th building have been reopened,framing dramatic views of the countryside

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the bedroom with ensuite

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the smaller bedroom with views over the hills and landscape

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the aim was to regenerate the chapel and to enable visitors to appreciate and enjoy the local history and activities

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its isolated location is prime for nature walks, biking and fishing

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