An outstanding natural beauty
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