House refurbishment, Suffolk



Private Client


Finalist FX Award 2001 Best Residence
Architectural Review April 2002
RIBA Journal June 2001

On the coastline of the picturesque seaside town of Aldeburgh, this Victorian house was remodelled to create a relaxed and playful holiday home. The property’s beachside setting is referenced through the mint greens and blues that flow throughout the house.

The ground floor, originally comprising of two rooms, was knocked through to create one large, open-plan room, maximising the views of the sea and coastline. Open shelving units were proposed as a less formal approach to the usual wall-hung cupboards and introduced a texture and depth to the overall scheme. Handmade North African tiles were chosen for the floor finish across the entire ground level.

A fixed roof light was introduced above a new white timber staircase that connects the two floors. Pendant lights hang from the ceiling alongside the simple painted steel balustrade.

The design of the master bedroom was focused entirely around the sea view. The bed was fitted against a purpose-built wall that separates the ensuite bathroom from the rest of the room, where the period bay window looks out across the beach. This wall was clad in tongue-and-groove timber to create a bedhead and the type and colour of the timber was specifically chosen to reflect the seaside theme. A glass slot is incorporated to one side of the wall, allowing the sea view to be enjoyed from the bath.

The white mosaic floor and wall tiles in the bathroom are in keeping with the kitchen and dining area whilst the traditional claw-foot bath is a nod to the property’s Victorian heritage.