The incredible before and after of a 1960s coastal renovation project

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Simon Francis had dreamt of tackling  with a wow-factor renovation scheme for years. However, it wasn’t until 2018 that circumstances allowed him to get stuck into a major build. Simon, a self-confessed Rightmove addict, spotted a property online that immediately piqued his interest. Perched on Cornwall’s southern coastline, the 1960s flat-roof, two-storey property was ripe for an update. 

“It was one of the only properties I’d ever seen overlooking the sea that wasn’t a traditional Cornish cottage,” he says. His plan when renovating a house was to refurbish the property to a high standard so it could be let out as a holiday rental, with a view to making it his own home when he retires.

Rebecca Foster

Rebecca began her journalism career writing for a luxury property magazine in Bangkok, before re-locating to London and becoming a features editor for a self build magazine. She is an experienced homes and interiors journalist and has written for many homes titles including Homebuilding & Renovating, Ideal Home and Period Living.

She has expertise on a wealth of topics — from oak frame homes to kitchen extensions. She has a passion for Victorian architecture; her dream is to extend an 1800s house.

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