An out­stand­ing nat­u­ral beauty

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failed and water came up to the old house. The En­vi­ron­ment Agency de­cided not to re­build the de­fences, but to al­low a tidal marsh to de­velop. Richard and Ben weren’t wor­ried be­cause their new de­sign took flood­ing into ac­count.

The old house was de­mol­ished in Au­gust 2014 “in a day”, says Ben. The tim­ber frame of the new place, made off-site, went up in De­cem­ber, and the house was fin­ished in Septem­ber 2015. To­day, the white house nests on the land like a preen­ing gull. Big win­dows down its south­ern flank wel­come ever-chang­ing views and max­imise so­lar gain. Un­der­floor-heated re­cy­cled floor tiles make the ground level invit­ing and prac­ti­cal. The great cen­tral room with its soar­ing eaves, mod­ern fur­ni­ture and ce­ram­ics is a sym­phony of chang­ing river light.

Down a few oak steps, the kitchendiner en­joys river views through more huge win­dows, while its ter­razzo floor is be­spoke and re­sem­bles a bird’s br feath­ers. At the other end of the ho two guest bed­rooms have full-len mir­rors that open to walk-in wardro Be­spoke shut­ters on ver­ti­cal slit dows al­low or hide the view.

Up oak stairs, the mas­ter suite has drop­ping views of water and sky. It has a mix of glam­our and sim­plic­ity t hard to beat. Lined with stained oak bed faces a huge pic­ture win­dow. An bath­room is open to the bed­room bu

A sym­phony of chang­ing river light: the great cen­tral room, with soar­ing eaves, mod­ern fur­ni­ture and ce­ram­ics. This tall, a

Our coastal home: Richard Wil­son, Ben Baglio and Henry the bea­gle in Suf­folk

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