|Contractor:||Abbott Construction Ltd|
|Team||Steve Gee, Carl Stoker|
We were initially approached by Anthony De Moubray, an architect residing in France, to assist with the technical aspect and delivery of the project. Our clients purchased the dilapidated boathouse from an elderly family member with a view to extending and modernising the building to provide a weekend home. As can be seen from the photographs, the building was quite small and in a terrible state. Situated 10m from the beach, the property had been ravaged by the coastal weather for over a century
The project involved a considerable amount of engineering. The existing walls were underpinned and most of the floor joists replaced. The walls needed a damp proof course and the fenestration was completely replaced. Due to the topography of the site, the basement was extended and now forms a lower ground floor level playroom, plant room and pool change area. The ground floor of the extension includes a new principal entrance, kitchen/diner and living room, all open-plan. With large sliding folding doors leading onto the landscaped gardens and patio area, the client’s desire for daylight and connection between inside and outside spaces was achieved perfectly.
Accommodation on the first floor comprises four double bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom: the master bedroom has a feature picture window with dramatic sea views across the bay to Ramsgate. To cater for the client’s love of swimming, a pool has been constructed to supplement the adjacent and slightly larger English Channel!