Weekend at the cottage

There was so much activity this weekend at our Norfolk project, with cabinets being fitted, walls being plastered, new timber staircase being clad and the hanging of the hand blown glass light bowls in the roof space!

The new pendants highlight not just the height of the room but the unused roof space and midnight black trusses giving a twinkling yet warming effect. Each light positioned was to to serve a different function, the patatas (potato-shaped) to give a focused light and the sigeretta (cigarette-shaped) lights to cast a general light, all by Album lighting.

A solid plywood stair graces the floors with a sharp modern geometric twist. The stair is not directly fixed to the wall to give the illusion of it floating, this helps the solidity to be broken and an excuse to introduce lights from the underside to add drama!

Metallic Zellige black tiles form a mottled splashback to the upper kitchen area, creating memories of the water pools we saw in the grass areas of the marshland. Daily ever-changing reflections are formed on the tile's surface with greens from the main garden and blues from the sky.

Downstairs the use of green Richlite doors (an eco friendly paper-based fibre composite) and golden oak carcusses of the storage cabinets are to remind the guest of the surrounding green marshes and golden grass lands. Thanks to Jack Trench for the doors and Joinex for the joinery pieces.

Finally the oiled hand carved oak wood floor gives character and interest to both ground and first floors. The feeling underfoot is rather like that of the dried salt marshes, which can be experienced in the numerous walks along the nearby coastal path.

Sensitively designed, all the finishes contribute to a property that not only relates to its function and appearance, but most heavily on its location.