Cornwall LivingIssue #87
A home designed by CSA Architects to capitalise on the dynamic qualities of Mylor Creek.
Based in Truro, CSA Architects offers a bespoke service that focuses on its clients’ aspirations, and the specific requirements of the project, to deliver exceptional buildings. A recent project that achieved all of the above with finesse and statement CSA character is Waterside in Mylor.
“a home that made the most of the spectacular views, with a connection to the vibrant coastal community”
The initial meeting was held at Mylor Yacht Harbour, where CSA Architects Director, Dan Meek, and the client sat outside the café and went over the possibilities, enjoying the sun, the bustlings of the harbour, and the natural landscape. Providing the perfect inspiration for what was to become a breathtaking building, which draws on each of these elements.
Situated right on the water’s edge, Waterside merges with the creek’s surroundings, with changing tides, weather and seasons providing a constant reminder of nature alongside the life and bustle of the nearby working harbour. Dan tells us: “Our client wanted a home that made the most of the spectacular views, with a connection to the vibrant coastal community, which couldn’t be achieved by a refurbishment of the existing property.”
The result is a beautiful property made with grey slate and wooden detailing, which blends in to the emotive blues of the creek and surrounding trees. “The use of these traditional materials of slate, render and timber is simple and unfussy, so that life on the creek can take centre stage,” explains Dan.
When the tide is in, the house almost appears to sit on the water and with its own mooring, the owners can literally walk out the door and onto their boat. The simple interiors have been designed to accentuate the views and allow the property to be flooded with natural light. All in all, it’s a beautifully designed home, built to maximise its spectacular location whilst also remaining sympathetic to the natural environment within which it resides.
“The best way to appreciate the new house is from the water so we’re planning to get the paddleboards out for a site visit!” says Dan. Although, here at Cornwall Living, we reckon the aerial shots certainly do the building justice, highlighting its stunning location, clever design and sympathetic use of materials.
Make sure to check out the stunning aerial footage of Waterside shot by Bad Wolf Horizon!
"a home that made the most of the spectacular views, with a connection to the vibrant coastal community"