Colwills ident

Edith Walk

Located less than a quarter of a mile from the beach at Widemouth Bay, this innovative development of five contemporary homes in coastal Cornwall is sympathetic to the local landscape character, whilst providing sustainable and healthy spaces to inhabit.

As a collection of unique custom-built properties, the success of the scheme depended on the quality of both design and construction, utilising a palette of colours and textures that addressed the local vernacular and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.

A fundamental objective was to ensure that the new houses made a positive contribution towards the enhancement of the area and used environmentally friendly materials that would be low-maintenance and highly robust – capable of withstanding a harsh maritime climate.

Externally, bonded Porcelanosa façade at ground level and articulated, ventilated Porcelanosa façade on the first floor proved aesthetically flexible but practical. Used alongside natural stone and slate, the Porcelanosa façade provided a colourfast alternative to traditional render.

Internally, the streamlined design of the buildings is further emphasised by Porcelanosa worktops in the kitchens and tiling in the bathrooms, providing a durable but elegant finish.

The sense of community was reinforced with an extensive landscaping scheme that includes a communal garden area sown with wildflowers and the planting of apple, pear, lilac and lime trees. Cornish stone hedge bank boundaries between properties further improves integration with the indigenous terrain.

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