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In the village of Porthcothan Bay in North Cornwall, stands an innovative new house that was designed around the sites remarkable position on the coastline. Situated between Newquay and Padstow, in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this contemporary two storey house really shows off the beauty of our quality engineered wood floorboards.

The owner of the property purchased the seaside house in Cornwall as a surprise birthday present for his wife. The couple demolished the existing 1960s property and built a replacement which would take full advantage of the incredible views overlooking Will’s Rock and the sea. Working with London based firm, Lacey & Saltykov Architects, they created a tranquil retreat with stunning views which offers the family everything they need.

The detached two storey house is more than double the size of the original three bedroom property, with a contemporary design which is in keeping with other buildings along the coastline. They kept the interior simple, using natural materials such as timber and stone ensuring that the focus remains firmly on the view, with major pieces of furniture positioned facing out to sea.

Colin and his wife Sharon along with their interior designer, decided that they would use our ‘Supreme’ range 220mm x 21mm engineered oak floorboards in the first floor sitting room. Not only did they lay them over underfloor heating, but they cladded them on the fireplace wall. As you can see from the photos of their completed family home, the boards occupy the whole section of the fireplace wall creating a feature wall that brings a real warmth and character to the room.

The use of our floorboards in this home just shows you the lengths you can go to with our range of flooring when you think outside the box. The high quality plywood provides a high level of stability and allowed them to create and incorporate a traditional Cornish finish into the room.  This left them with a beautiful finished project, as this striking and evolved property proves.

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Photos taken by David Churchill

Architects and project manager of build: Lacey & Saltykov Architects

Developers: Gordon Derry & Sons, Wadebridge.

About the author

Tom Fanthorpe. Director, JFJ Wood Flooring Ltd

Tom is one half of the father & son team behind JFJ Wood Flooring. An experienced wood flooring specialist with over a decade in the industry, Tom is following in his father John's footsteps as a true expert in his chosen field. Having absorbed much of John's 35+ years of experience in the joinery and timber trade, Tom now leads the wood flooring department and holds ultimate responsibility for everything from customer service to sales, logistics to quality control.