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Country Homes & Interiors|August 2021
Building a new home on her granny’s plot has rekindled happy childhood memories for Jess Alken-Theasby and created a wonderful place for her own family to grow up in Cornwall
SARA BIRD

An amazing opportunity allowed Jess Alken-Theasby and her husband Ash to move into their forever home by the sea. ‘We were on the fence about buying an old property or creating something new,’ says Jess, ‘Then the bungalow that had been my granny’s came back on the market and it felt like it was meant to be.’

With experience of building and renovating their own homes before they met – Ash had already built his dream property, while Jess’s beautiful house was sold to boutique hotel group The Pig – the couple were at the right point to create a unique home.

‘Knowing the plot already really helped with the design process. On paper there was lots of potential but understanding the setting meant we could plan for everyday living and the local climate,’ explains Jess. ‘For example, traditional sash windows meant the views would take a back seat internally so that the house felt cosier, especially in the winter months. Then we could open onto the terrace and garden for the summer. We also have sheltered spaces outside to shield from the cool sea breeze.’

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