Upside down homes are turning Liskeard living on its head

New split-level homes are creating a sensation in Liskeard and turning traditional living on its head. The new-build properties at Charter Walk have been specifically designed to make the most of the incredible scenery from this hillside location.

Whereas traditional homes have the lounge and kitchen on the ground floor; these cleverly designed properties are ‘upside down’ and feature a downstairs principal bedroom suite with the living areas up on the first floor.

The homes are built into the contours of the hillside and maximise the views across the rolling countryside of the Looe Valley from the first floor lounge and open-plan kitchen/dining family rooms.

Katie Alderton, sales director said: “Liskeard enjoys some of Cornwall’s most scenic views and Charter Walk is perfectly positioned to make the most of most of this unique location.

“What’s the point of having the best views from a bedroom which we use mostly when it’s dark? So we decided to go ‘topsy turvy’ and position a private room to the ground floor and move the living spaces higher up the house so residents can enjoy the views all day long.”

If you think this house design is a little quirky, the architecture is very skilfully crafted. The homes, which are influenced by the character of the local area, rise out of the hillside in a mixture of natural textures and colours which sympathetically blend into the surroundings.

The priority for the architects was that the homes would be flooded with as much natural light as possible, with the impressive open-living area being particularly light and airy.

“’Upstairs downstairs’ homes were once the preserve of only the wealthy” explains Katie. “Indeed, one split-level home in Cornwall was featured recently on Channel Five’s ‘Build Your Dream Home in the Country’, such is the interest they generate.

“What we have created at Charter Walk is simply ideal for those on more modest budgets; people who want to experience living in homes normally reserved for TV property shows but with all the aspects of what makes this type of layout highly desirable.”

Wain Homes is building 10 split-level homes at Charter Walk and has just released a new phase of its three-bedroom, two-bathroom Wenford designs with integrated garages starting from £299,950. Other designs include the three-storey, four-bedroom Longstone and the three-bedroom Tremor with integrated double garage.