Grey Roofs, Crackington Haven
Finalist for LABC Building Excellence Award, Best Individual Dwelling 2013
Working in Crackington Haven, architects at The Bazeley Partnership designed this replacement 5-bedroomed dwelling to sit on a challenging site located on the side of a steep coastal valley in North Cornwall.
The owners were inspired by Californian design ideas and wanted to bring some of these concepts into this building.
Our design solution was to create a simple heavy stone plinth for the partially underground lower-storey with a lightweight timber frame upper storey giving dramatic views along the valley.
The first floor features a rooflight that spans across the length of the main open plan living space drawing in light, whilst the large floor to ceiling windows frame the views out across the bay.
The low positioning from the roadside view of the property gives the impression of a smaller building which helps to site the home well in the context of other local properties.
Sustainable technology solutions were incorporated into the design to optimise sustainable energy solutions for the property, including solar thermal panels and air source heat pumps.
The construction phase took place over the course of one year and is documented by the Main Contractor in this video.
Contractor: TH Teague & Sons
Photography: Alison White
It’s great to live in. It’s south and west facing, so the orientation is perfect for the living room during the day, and our windows face over the sea where the sun sets. It’s a brilliant seaside house.”
Complete architectural project