Naomi Cleaver, Unit 904 Falcon Wharf, 34 Lombard Road, London SW11 3RY
Naomi Cleaver, The Studio, Hembury Hill, Broadhembury, Devon EX14 3LA
This classic Caribbean house, in a style known as “skirt and blouse” – a stone-faced lower floor and a timber upper – had not been touched for 30 years when the current owners acquired it.
Naomi’s task was to sensitively and cost–efficiently renovate, celebrating the building’s historic architectural character while optimising the building to its tropical setting with energy-sustainability in mind.
This began with relocating the kitchen from the hot upper floor to the cooler and more accessible ground floor, adjacent to a cistern, continuing with new bathrooms and decorations throughout.
The most significant intervention was the addition of a 70 ft basalt-black lap pool in the grounds, parallel to a ravine that runs down from Nevis peak, a dormant volcano.