Design Buy Build Issue 27 2017 - Page 50

Before doing anything at all to the house Michael and Josephine lived in what he refers to as a ‘leaking wreck’ for eight months to see how they could make it work as not only a home for themselves but as a family friendly space where everyone had room to stay comfortably and this enabled them to plan living, sleeping and utility accommodation to maximise the house’s potential. The result is a beautifully thought out home with a huge upstairs deck which doubles as a dining area, an open plan kitchen and two living rooms at the top of the house which make the most of the views and then bedrooms and a large utility and wet room at the bottom. The rooms flow harmoniously from one to the next and there are private outdoor areas downstairs to read a book or have a coffee undisturbed. Furnishings are a mixtures of classic and contemporary which fit perfectly with both the design of the house and its family feel. Outside the landscaping has been kept very natural. Seagrove House is a wonderful example of just what you can do with even the most unprepossessing building with some vision, insight and professional help. Its clean lines, natural cedar cladding and sympathetic design have breathed life back into the house and made it a family home that, as Michael says, ‘ even Kevin Mcloud could not fail to be impressed with’. 50