When Sue and David Woodruff moved with their five teenagers to Summerdown Farm in East Devon, they fell in love with the C16th farmhouse with far-reaching views.  Six years on, planning to fulfil the potential of Summerdown’s beautiful site, the Woodruff’s embarked on an ambitious extension project.  What made this project unusual was their choice to build with cob.

“It was important for us that the new building would stand confidently as a modern addition to the farmhouse, not some kind of timid pastiche, so we had to find people with the know-how, craftsmanship and flair to realise our vision.  Dave’s team brought a tremendous energy to the site, with a depth of skill that’s out of the ordinary.  When you embark on such an ambitious and unusual building, you have to trust your team and we’ve been able to do that.” - Sue Woodruff.


Project Summary

A new two storey wing to a C16th farmhouse

Excavate clay and make cob on site

Build new cob structure

Create cob tower and spiral staircase

Build internal spaces

Create cob kitchen

Lime rendering & plastering


Specialist ‘tadelakt’ plastering


A new cob home in East Devon

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