Even a pocket-sized plot can be a slice of paradise when it's right on the sea front. And they don't get much closer than this house, which is just metres from the water.
But architect Steve Seddon says the location was both an inspiration and a challenge.
"Naturally, the owners wanted to maximise the great view and open up the house to the outdoors," he says. "But both the size of the site and the location meant the design and materials needed careful consideration. The house had to be able to withstand the effects of salt spray. And at high tide, in a storm, there was a danger of the waves throwing up a lot of water."
To help deflect the waves, Seddon designed a curved top to the solid sea wall fronting the property. A set of stairs within this wall are hinged so they can be lifted up to completely close off the gap.
The house itself is double glazed, and features weathered cedar cladding, which Seddon says is enhanced by the salty environment. Local stone, similar to the rocky coast, was used for a wall and seating area at the front of the house.
To maximise the small site without compromising the interior space, Seddon designed the house as two overlapping, inverted L-shaped volumes. From the front, one of the vertical supports appears to slice through a horizontal plane.