When we were retained to replace an outdated bungalow with a high-spec contemporary house at Trevone in North Cornwall, we were sensitive to the flurry of objections that similar schemes have received in the past. It’s a tiny seaside village just along the coast from Padstow and, like many of the most sought after areas in the county, has seen a fair share of demolition and contemporary rebuilds.

After successfully obtaining planning consent, our client asked us to adapt the scheme to create two homes instead of one – but using a similar design concept. Planning permission was granted with the support of the town council. We designed a split-level building, set into the site, with reverse living accommodation across two floors and a flat roof to ensure we didn’t exceed the height of the existing bungalow.

The building appears modest from the front elevation, but the rear boasts some spectacular design features, including inset balconies framed by crisp white render walls projecting from the contrasting stonework walls. It’s a statement of luxury, contemporary design.



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