Experienced house renovators Robey and Kelly Hilliard’s latest project – a three-storey wreck of a home cut into the Sandgate hillside – has been a labour of love for the couple, who wanted to preserve as much of the original building as possible whilst transforming it into a contemporary coastal retreat.

Robey and Kelly chose a palette of three colours for the interior of Pebble Shore: Nutmeg white on the walls, Urban Obsession for the woodwork and Pebble Shore for the doors, all by Dulux. They sourced the glass and chrome dining table and chairs from Ikea, the red velvet chairs from Made.com and the lighting throughout from Pooky

Robey and Kelly chose a palette of three colours for the interior of Pebble Shore: Nutmeg white on the walls, Urban Obsession for the woodwork and Pebble Shore for the doors, all by Dulux. They sourced the glass and chrome dining table and chairs from Ikea, the red velvet chairs from Made.com

Robey and Kelly chose a palette of three colours for the interior of Pebble Shore: Nutmeg white on the walls, Urban Obsession for the woodwork and Pebble Shore for the doors, all by Dulux. They sourced the glass and chrome dining table and chairs from Ikea, the red velvet chairs from Made.com and the lighting throughout from Pooky

Lighting throughout is from Pooky

In the airy and bright open-plan living space Barefloors Ltd sanded layers of thick black paint off the floors to bring them back to the original wood

In the airy and bright open-plan living space Barefloors Ltd sanded layers of thick black paint off the floors to bring them back to the original wood

In the airy and bright open-plan living space Barefloors Ltd sanded layers of thick black paint off the floors to bring them back to the original wood

In the airy and bright open-plan living space Barefloors Ltd sanded layers of thick black paint off the floors to bring them back to the original wood

The Italian Doimo kitchen is streamlined and understated, serving as much as an entertaining space as a functional kitchen. The units are black wood and brass, with counter tops and splash backs in polished concrete and Smeg appliances

The Italian Doimo kitchen is streamlined and understated, serving as much as an entertaining space as a functional kitchen. The units are black wood and brass, with counter tops and splash backs in polished concrete and Smeg appliances

When the doors slide back, there is that breathtakingly uninterrupted view. The architect they chose for the extension is another local, Guy Hollaway, who is well known for designing many prestigious buildings in the area. The brief was to get as much glass and as little frame as possible – the sliding doors have a really slim profile of 19mm

When the doors slide back, there is that breathtakingly uninterrupted view

When the doors slide back, there is that breathtakingly uninterrupted view. The architect they chose for the extension is another local, Guy Hollaway, who is well known for designing many prestigious buildings in the area. The brief was to get as much glass and as little frame as possible – the sliding doors have a really slim profile of 19mm

The architect they chose for the extension is another local, Guy Hollaway, who is well known for designing many prestigious buildings in the area. The brief was to get as much glass and as little frame as possible – the sliding doors have a really slim profile of 19mm

Sliding glass doors lead out from the mini-gym and garden room downstairs into the garden across porcelain paving, carefully chosen to blend the divide between the inside and the terrace

Sliding glass doors lead out from the mini-gym and garden room downstairs into the garden across porcelain paving

Sliding glass doors lead out from the mini-gym and garden room downstairs into the garden across porcelain paving, carefully chosen to blend the divide between the inside and the terrace

The garden paving is carefully chosen to blend the divide between the inside and the terrace

The precarious sun rooms were demolished and replaced with a contemporary double height extension, complete with virtually seamless sliding doors and a sheer glass balustrade

The precarious sun rooms were demolished and replaced with a contemporary double height extension, complete with virtually seamless sliding doors and a sheer glass balustrade

The precarious sun rooms were demolished and replaced with a contemporary double height extension, complete with virtually seamless sliding doors and a sheer glass balustrade

The precarious sun rooms were demolished and replaced with a contemporary double height extension, complete with virtually seamless sliding doors and a sheer glass balustrade

The dimensions of the spaces change as you move upstairs into a huge landing area, complete with an enormous chandelier salvaged from the Brighton Pavilion

The dimensions of the spaces change as you move upstairs into a huge landing area

The dimensions of the spaces change as you move upstairs into a huge landing area, complete with an enormous chandelier salvaged from the Brighton Pavilion

The enormous chandelier was salvaged from the Brighton Pavilion

Workshop Number 29 are really good at sourcing items. We visit their workshop quite often, but they also help us if we need something in particular,” says Kelly. “They helped us to find the wardrobe doors in the bedroom. We have left them exactly as they were found, with the original blue paint coming through.

Workshop Number 29 are really good at sourcing items. We visit their workshop quite often, but they also help us if we need something in particular,” says Kelly. “They helped us to find the wardrobe doors in the bedroom. We have left them exactly as they were found, with the original blue paint coming through."

Workshop Number 29 are really good at sourcing items. We visit their workshop quite often, but they also help us if we need something in particular,” says Kelly. “They helped us to find the wardrobe doors in the bedroom. We have left them exactly as they were found, with the original blue paint coming through.

Workshop Number 29 are really good at sourcing items. We visit their workshop quite often, but they also help us if we need something in particular,” says Kelly. “They helped us to find the wardrobe doors in the bedroom. We have left them exactly as they were found, with the original blue paint coming through.

Even in the smallest of the four bedrooms, the double height ceilings bring an air of grandeur to this floor and echoes of the original hotel

Even in the smallest of the four bedrooms, the double height ceilings bring an air of grandeur to this floor and echoes of the original hotel

Two bathrooms, one accessible from two doors, have been stylishly fitted with a contemporary bath and shower. One of the bedrooms retains its original wooden tongue and groove cladding. “We started to sand it off,” says Kelly, “but liked the effect of leaving some of the green on the wood underneath.”

One of the bedrooms retains its original wooden tongue and groove cladding. “We started to sand it off,” says Kelly, “but liked the effect of leaving some of the green on the wood underneath.”

Two bathrooms, one accessible from two doors, have been stylishly fitted with a contemporary bath and shower. One of the bedrooms retains its original wooden tongue and groove cladding. “We started to sand it off,” says Kelly, “but liked the effect of leaving some of the green on the wood underneath.”

Two bathrooms, one accessible from two doors, have been stylishly fitted with a contemporary bath and shower. One of the bedrooms retains its original wooden tongue and groove cladding. “We started to sand it off,” says Kelly, “but liked the effect of leaving some of the green on the wood underneath.”

Two bathrooms, one accessible from two doors, have been stylishly fitted with a contemporary bath and shower. One of the bedrooms retains its original wooden tongue and groove cladding. “We started to sand it off,” says Kelly, “but liked the effect of leaving some of the green on the wood underneath.”

Two bathrooms, one accessible from two doors, have been stylishly fitted with a contemporary bath and shower

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