Balanced high on a cliff in south Cornwall, Sea Edge offers an uninterrupted panorama of the horizon, picking up Rame Head to the east, and Looe and St George’s Island to the west.

The elevations are a careful composition of solid and void, pairing render with cedar cladding to create a layering of the facade, helping to frame views while also managing potential heat gains in the summer months. A suspended external staircase provides an easy link to the garden spaces from the upper floor balcony.

Sea Edge maximises the views out to sea by utilising the existing topography of the site to full effect. The design places the main living accommodation on the upper floor, where the spectacular views can be enjoyed from the lounge, dining room and kitchen. Three ensuite bedrooms are located on the lower floor, each with direct access to a southerly facing terrace.

"KAST immediately had the vision to sketch an outline plan which captured both the view and our desire for a modern open plan design. The final home is almost identical to the initial concept sketched on the back of an envelope."

Chris, Client

The architecture of the home allows the client to realise their dream of modern coastal living, with a close interaction with the vast and ever changing ocean.

"The attention to detail has been more than we anticipated. The end product speaks for itself and is a credit to all those involved but especially to the team at KAST."


Chris, Client

"KAST quickly arranged planning permission and were able to advise on local builders and interior designers. They have been flexible, prompt and available. Every small issue has been sorted out with the minimal amount of fuss in a professional and supportive manner."


Chris, Client 

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Clients: Chris and Janice

Location: Downderry, Cornwall

Completed: 2017

The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards 2017 / Best Contemporary Self Build / Shortlist

BuildIt Awards 2017 / Best Architect for a Self Build / Shortlist

RICS Awards 2018 / Shortlist

Cornish Buildings Group 2018 Annual Awards / Commendation

In collaboration with

Contractor: Fox Cornwall

Structural Engineer: Entos Consulting

Landscape Architect: Sam Ovens Landscapes

Interior Designer: 3idog

Photography: Anthony Greenwood Photography