Design Buy Build Issue 27 2017 - Page 49

Seaview Holidays DETERMINED TO RETIRE TO THE ISL AND A fter thirty years of Seaview holidays Michael and Josephine Smith were determined to retire to the island. And a family home for children and grandchildren was very much the order of the day. Now the Commodore of the Seaview Yacht Club, Michael looks more than at home in the beautiful house that he and Josephine have created with the professional help of Architect Lindsay Mattinson. Originally a tired looking 1920’s art deco style brick house, a new contemporary edge has been given to what is now a striking home with views across the Solent. They wanted the house to be family friendly as they knew they would have grandchildren and had thought of having a white box house like the kind both Michael and Josephine had seen on holidays in Portugal. But Lindsay convinced them both that the house would have far more impact blending into the woods behind the building using colours and textures which would complement the surroundings and so they used cedar cladding to merge with the trees. For them, the great thing about using Mattinson Associates is that they came up with a good selection of conceptual ideas that as a client one could take forward and explore further ending up with a final agreed plan which in many ways was very different from their own original thoughts. 61 49