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Cor­nish Cot­tage, a new build fea­tured in Selfbuild

July 2020

The build­ing need­ed to be fin­ished in a short time and the client want­ed to use a local builder with knowl­edge of tra­di­tion­al methods.

The client loved the tra­di­tion­al Cor­nish slate and tra­di­tion­al cot­tages as well as Voysies build­ings in the neigh­bour­hood. It was also impor­tant to pro­tect and respect the plot and the orig­i­nal set­tings of their sur­round­ings: where many hous­es are built too big for their plot.

Cot­tages have been built, arguably, in most cul­tures in most set­tings. They have in com­mon that they use: local, eas­i­ly avail­able mate­ri­als, are sim­ple in shape and don’t use many materials. 

We drew plans of a con­vert­ed cot­tage’ with the entrance at the side of the cot­tage under­neath a canopy and next to the kitchen. The ground floor kitchen, din­ing liv­ing runs on the first floor and is dou­ble height where the liv­ing room is, from where there are stairs going up to a loft space with two small rooms in dorm­ers, a bal­cony look­ing into the liv­ing room and with views over the ocean.

The whole prop­er­ty is wheel­chair acces­si­ble, so the ter­race doors are slid­ing doors and the oth­er doors are spe­cial­ist. The extra down­stairs bath­room is also wheel­chair accessible.