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Real home: transformation from a small bungalow to a luxury Cornish getaway

Taking a gamble to create the perfect holiday home
   Hannah Caton  |  written on: 11-07-2019 14:30pm

The project in a nutshell

Who lives here? Estate agent Jeff East, housewife Wendy East and their four children

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

Property style: New Build

Designer: Andy Breeze

When was the property originally built? 2018

Rough budget for the project? £700,000 plus plot value

After living in a three bed bungalow for ten years, Wendy and Jeff East made the radical decision not to just update their home, but to completely rebuild it. The brief was to create a holiday home of sufficient size to comfortably accommodate twelve people. They also wanted to make the most of the stunning views they had available to them.



The Easts explain that: “We saved for most of the ten years that we used the old house! We didn’t find it particularly hard to stick to the budget – we knew what we had, so we cut our cloth accordingly. Lots of research and shopping around will help maximise a budget.”



After considering London-based firms, they chose to work with a small local architectural firm with lots of experience in the local area.

Expanding the property to multiple floors made the most of the views. Large windows placed in the dining room and bedrooms allow those inside to sit back and relax whilst watching the local River Gannel’s changing tides.



“We wanted the rooms to have modern but comfortable finish, each with a little individuality”. Quirky touches like a climbing wall and boat for reading add personality and a nautical vibe to the design. They also create some fun wet-weather spaces.



The upstairs is one large bright open space. “We wanted to create a warm welcoming area using a mixture of vintage and original items of furniture. The space had to be practical for a large family, with fun touches to appeal to all ages.”



When explaining what their favourite aspect eventually was, the East’s revealed that they loved “the impact of the vaulted ceiling in the lounge, and the way that the first floor has opened up a view that we weren’t previously able to enjoy.”



And the thing they wish they’d known before undertaking the project? “Our biggest regret is the noise transfer that we experience from the first floor through to the ground. We’d been very careful to spec solid walls between internal rooms, but were told by both architect and builder that a timber floor wouldn’t suffer any noise transfer. We wish we’d had a block and beam floor at first floor as well as ground floor.”

The property is available to book through originalcottages.co.uk and Cornish Horizons/

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Hannah Caton


Hannah is the online writer for KBBArk, providing the latest scoop on all things interior. She's always on the lookout for the latest trends and most beautiful re-designs.