A remarkable project designed by Truro-based D3 Architects features prominently in the latest issue of Build It – one of the building market’s leading publications.
Architect Simon Longworth-Riggs has helped the Eddy family to transform a shabby 1980s dwelling on the Lizard Peninsula into a showpiece whose design details are said to be already inspiring other property developers.
A large balcony, with extensive use of safety glass, is now the most immediately impressive feature of a house which was previously so ugly that the Eddys – and many others – initially refused to visit.
Longworth-Riggs explained: “All of the builders who came to quote were distinctly unimpressed by the original building until they went upstairs and looked out. Each one of them then reached for his phone and took a photo.”
“It was covered in yellow pebbledash,” Jonathan Eddy recalled, “which just looked awful. However, what it did have was a good location, excellent views and just the right amount of space. Once we stepped inside the property we instantly recognised its potential – all it needed was a facelift.”
“Facelift” might be something of an understatement, however, with £350k worth of remodelling work carried out by Bayly Builders of Perranporth.
Work included an upside-down arrangement, with living space upstairs and bedrooms below, to maximise the value of the coastal vistas.
In addition to the balcony, which added 26 metres of extra space, ripping out the whole of the main staircase and turning it around was another of the more radical alterations.
“The success of this project owes much to the courage, trust and vision of the client,” added Longworth-Riggs.
“Some people would have doubted the wisdom of spending so much on this property but now everyone completely understands. The Eddys have ended up with a home that fully meets their aspirations – and into the bargain they have increased its value to around a million pounds.”