Waterside Cottage


A small cottage overlooking a sleepy estuary in eastern Cornwall is transformed through an extensive programme of extensions and alterations.

The charm and character of the original property are retained, while the new oak framed extension provides dramatic new living spaces with stunning views of the river.


The new kitchen in the ground floor of the oak framed extension enjoys panoramic views of the river.

The simple finishes of exposed oak floor beams with a quarry tiled floor, provides a calm, but functional space.

The unfussy kitchen benefits from thick oak shelves in lieu of wall units.

A new living room is positioned over the kitchen and has a paired-back oak frame with large areas of plastered walls and ceilings to create a light and spacious feel.

The room is filled with natural daylight from the ridge glazing over and has fully-glazed doors opening out onto a balcony to enjoy the picturesque setting.

In other areas of the house, clever use of the oak framing helps to define different areas of the house. Quirky features and nooks and crannies are everywhere, and maintain the character and charm of the original house.

‘The cottage is proving a delight to live in. Thank you again for your inspired input…’

— Mr & Mrs N.

Photo credit: Richard Downer