‘We wanted a completely glazed wrap-around, but this wasn’t allowed – although we could have a glazed corner with roof lights, bi-fold doors and railings,’ said Andrew. ‘We changed things as we went along, rather than stick to a grand plan. The challenges came with the detail. It didn’t help that none of the walls in the building were straight.’ In fact one internal wall had to be rebuilt three times before Andrew and Lucy were happy with it.
‘We wanted to build a wall between the children’s bedroom and our own, so that there was enough room for bunk beds in one and a double bed in the other – but space was really tight,’ said Andrew. ‘We couldn’t achieve what we wanted with a straight, vertical wall, so it had to go in on a lean, following the slant of the window. The room is now like a vertical wedge
‘We boarded the ceiling to emphasise the coastal location,’ said Andrew. ‘We bought the cheapest, rough sawn white wood, lightly sanded it to remove the coarseness then white-washed them in Farrow & Ball Pointing. We left gaps between the boards to create shadows.’
With the basic structure completed, Andrew and Lucy concentrated on the details – a galley kitchen, a timber mezzanine sleeping area, a secret bunk bed and a steep staircase, which opens into the living area and instant views across the sea.
‘We keep it as uncluttered as possible so everything focuses on the beach hut look inside and the fabulous view beyond,’ said Andrew. ‘We rent it out in the summer months, between May and September, but in the winter we keep it for ourselves and come up here as much as we can. In stormy weather you feel as though you are on the bow of a ship with the rain lashing down and the waves pounding below, and on a sunny day we open up the windows and soak up the heat in the privacy of our own space. It certainly has the potential to move your spirit, just by being here. For me, it’s as good as it gets.”
Words By Heather Dixon Picture by David Burton & Andrew Yeats.