When Angela East and her family were house hunting for a holiday home on the South West Coast four years ago they were kept waiting outside a run-down property in Lyme Regis by the late arrival of the estate agent.
“The delay proved fruitful. As we were waiting outside the modest and tired looking 1960’s bungalow we took in the amazing views afforded by the property – across Lyme Regis Bay, out to the highest cliff point Golden Cap, over Burton Bradstock and stretching to West Bay. By the time the agent arrived with the keys we had already decided we were buying it based on the views alone.”
Having secured the property, which they began to use as a holiday home immediately, Angela set about masterminding a contemporary two storey transformation to create their dream home by the sea, working closely with their main contractor Sugar Construction, a local Lyme Regis building firm.
“We worked around the existing ground floor layout of the bungalow, adding an extension to the back of the property and a whole new storey above. From being granted planning permission to completing the build project was a long but rewarding 12 months, as we saw the transformation take place making regular trips from our London home to check on progress.”
“I wanted a real wood floor throughout the property and contacted Stewart at Blackheath Flooring, a local retailer who we had used before for our London home. We had V4’s Eiger Oak Rustic floor installed in our current London home some nine years ago and still love the way it looks. Even with two young children in the house the floor looks as good as new and its traditional oak finish hasn’t dated, so I decided to lay the exact same floor in the Lyme Regis property.”
The Eiger Collection Oak Rustic Brushed and Natural Oiled floor has a 6 mm European oak micro bevelled top layer which is sanded and then machine finished with a series of steel brushes which remove the soft grain, leaving a textured hardwood surface that is both wonderfully tactile and extremely hard wearing. To keep the natural aesthetic the surface is sealed with natural WOCA oil and the resulting floor is subtle yet robust, perfect for all environments.
The floor was installed over under floor heating, and a nice finishing touch are the window seats, made from the Eiger wood floor planks. The finished home now comprises five bedrooms; four en-suite, a games room, cinema room and study. And central to the home is a large open plan kitchen diner which leads out to a sunny patio where the miles of stunning coastal views can be enjoyed.
The décor inside the house has been kept purposely neutral and minimalistic giving a light and spacious feel that doesn’t compete with the naturally stunning views that can be seen from all aspects of the home.
“We are looking forward to spending another summer in our holiday home, and plan for it to become the permanent family home once the children start secondary school. And we know the wood floor will last, look great and be easy to clean for years to come, even when we come back from sandy walks along the beach.”
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