Type: Garage conversion

Location: Falmouth, Cornwall

Status: Complete

Collaboration: Shepherd Contracting

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Silver Linings


Having found their ideal plot of land, Alison and Bob worked with us to put in their planning application for a full new build, and had it accepted. Everyone was set to get going, when the seller dropped out at the last minute – taking us all back to square one.

Coming full circle with a new and completely different project, however, they would see a successful and imaginative outcome. We enjoyed working with them again, creating a transformation of a very different kind.


We were thrilled when Alison and Bob got in touch to say they’d found a new property, and were looking for our design services once more. No longer a new build project, they wanted to convert a damp, dingy and cluttered double garage into a bright self-contained annexe for family and friends to stay in.


We went back to the drawing board, working closely with Alison and Bob to design a double bedroomed guest annexe that suited their style and needs. The vision was to create a light, interesting and dynamic space that was strikingly modern, while complementing the character of the existing period property and the location’s sensitive conservation area. The second planning application went in and was approved with no snags. It was finally time for the build to begin, with the contemporary side extension.


A new build design may have been scaled back to a garage conversion, but what a conversion it is. The annexe’s dark days are a distant memory; balancing light with carefully positioned windows and roof lights has given the space a new lease of life. Its white painted concrete floors, white walls, white tiles, and light kitchen materials are nicely balanced with textiles, pictures and furnishing that have created a light yet cosy space.And with a luxurious en-suite, a kitchenette and a living area that leads to an evening sun-soaked private deck, guests are sure to have a serene stay.
Adam and his colleagues are a really friendly bunch, we were always welcomed to their office space with a good, strong coffee! They responded to queries and feedback quickly and we really enjoyed the process of working with them, feeling engaged throughout. We love the design and extra living space for our family home.” – Alison