Keith and Kirsty Conder opt for Stovax Studio wood burner in striking contemporary self-build
Keith Conder, Exeter
August 21, 2018
Tell us a bit about your project
Having outgrown our Exeter semi, and after renovating my grandfather’s house, we got the bug to build our own home. We bought a plot made up of three parcels of land – each from a separate owner. It was a very family-orientated project, with various family members and friends helping out, including oiling all the external cedar cladding. The plot overlooks the Ludwell Valley, so it was important to us to have plenty of window space to the rear of the property to make the most of the views. Our triple-aspect sitting room opens out onto the garden, and our wood burner makes a focal point in between the large windows that boast Devonshire views either side. The property is called Hideout, and is situated on the outskirts of Exeter.
How would you describe your style?
My wife Kirsty is the expert here! We both really like the contemporary look and feel, which we have used throughout the build, but Kirsty selected/designed the internal finishing for the property. She has a great eye for detail.
How long did your build take?
It took from January 2013 until May 2014 to negotiate the purchase the plot of land and we moved into the finished property in December 2015.
What did you want to get out of the sitting area in particular during the build?
We wanted the property to really focus on us a family but also be versatile. The idea was to have a large open plan area where the children can play, but more importantly, keep an eye on them! Even due to the size of the area, we have been able to create a cosy living space using the wood burner, furniture and mood lighting, giving us a relaxing atmosphere when the children have gone to bed.
What drew you to the Stovax Studio wood burner?
In my grandfather’s house, when renovating we also installed a Stockton 5 wood burner in the living room. The build quality and the service we received from Grandisson Stoves when they installed the wood burner made us return to them when we started looking for our next stove.
We did look at a number of different brands when selecting the wood burner for the new house but once we saw the inset Stovax Studio wood burner we knew it was the one for us. We really like the large glass door and how easy it is to light and adjust the temperature. It’s a great focal point for the living room even when it’s not lit.
What do you like most about owning a wood burner?
Personally, we like the fact that the whole family can enjoy the wood burner. Our children enjoy visiting our local log supplier to collect the logs which they will help us stack. It’s a great source of heating and creates a relaxing atmosphere.
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