John Marsh and Eleanor Winn took an active approach to house hunting. As they encountered places during their travels, they noted those they liked and contacted the owners. This Welsh home was one of them. “We wrote a letter, and two months later the owner said, ‘I’m thinking of selling; come and see it,’” Marsh says.
The metal hut and its attached stone cottage were in poor condition back then, requiring a new roof, wiring and plumbing and a refinishing of the walls throughout. The place also needed new windows and floors and a new kitchen and bathroom. The effort, though, was well worth it, resulting in a coastal gem of a home.
Finding a contractor to take on the work wasn’t simple. “It’s a very small, finicky job renovating a tiny cable hut, and it put a lot of people off,” Marsh says. “Eventually, I got a local farmer-builder to do it.”
Working on the interior once the major renovations were complete was much easier. The black and white of the exterior repeat inside in the contrast of walls and beams and in the furniture and fixtures. The soft furnishings provide bright accents.
Interior designer Paul Hervey found furniture and accessories with an industrial feel to nod to the history of the building. Many, like the spool table and the wall clock, came from eBay.