The shack has been a really creative and interesting project. It is located next to the Norfolk coast, in an area of flood risk without any mains services such as gas and electricity. As with all the buildings along the beach it was very ramshackle and had been built in a piece meal way through-out the years. The client’s were fed up of the repainting process of the peeling paintwork every year, very much wanted a better sea view and were attracted to the idea insulating the shack to make it a warmer, cosier space in which to spend their free time.
We decided from the beginning that we didn’t want to just buy off the shelf cladding and would rather reuse a material if possible. We decided upon reclaimed metal from the local scrap yard as, other than being a highly sustainable choice, it wouldn’t require upkeep and would be resilient in the event of a flood. Other finishes have been left as raw and ‘unfussy’ as possible, such as the plasterboard without skim or paint, exposed brickwork and raw plywood additions.