In 2011 Colin Price purchased a 1960s seaside house in Cornwall as a surprise birthday present for his wife Sharon Toye. The couple considered extending and renovating the existing house but soon concluded that it made more sense to demolish the property and replace it with a new house.
Their architects designed a striking contemporary home with large expanses of glazing to make the most of the stunning location and views. Despite the tight and rocky ground conditions, the project was finished on time and within budget.
Architects’ View: Tom Lacey and Andrei Saltykov Architects
Creating a house that was both striking and worthy of the stunning setting was a real challenge, but the site gave us all the inspiration we needed on this project. We were limited to a traditional palette of materials, which we reinterpreted for a crisp, clean finish. The house has rendered walls and frameless double-glazed glass units. Built from engineered slate, the low-pitched roof adds extra volume to the living space.
- Project: Contemporary self build
- Location: Cornwall
- Build time: Mar 2013 – Feb 2014
- Size: 350m2
- Plot cost: £1.75million
- Build cost: £1million (£2,857/m2)
- Value: £3million+
The starting point was the idea of two pairs of binoculars, placed one on top of the other, so that the four lenses of the binoculars were angled individually to capture uninterrupted views towards Will’s Rock and out to sea. The north-facing rear of the rendered blockwork house has been almost entirely glazed, and is angled to make the most of the sun and sea views.
The windowless front elevation of the house appears single storey and gives little clue as to what lies beyond the entrance door — including those stunning views
The open plan kitchen features high-gloss base cabinets and burr walnut wall cupboards, white Corian worktops and painted glass splashbacks. A walk-in fridge was also requested by the family. The dining space opens out on to a patio with breathtaking views.
The Living Room
Large wall-to-wall full-height glazing overlooks sea views in the first floor sitting room (accessed via a centrally placed stairwell), where engineered oak flooring has been laid over underfloor heating and clads the fireplace wall.
The bed in the master bedroom has been placed facing the wall of glass, which overlooks Will’s Rock and the sea. A sunken bath is positioned directly in front of a window looking out to sea.
In keeping with the rest of the home, the bathrooms are contemporary and feature a subtle combination of dark slate and natural stone. The sanitaryware is from CP Hart
Images: Ambience Images