A five bedroom house overlooking St Aubin’s Bay that was built on the footprint of an existing building and completed in 2008.
Objectives A house dating from the 1960s required upgrading to modern standards and to reflect contemporary living. The rooms all enjoy spectacular views but the location is very exposed and the house was very cold. Objectives were to increase opportunities to enjoy the views whilst significantly reducing heat loss. The imperative was to improve energy and resource efficiency with modern technology and authentic materials with good green credentials. Bedrooms and living spaces were adequate and bathrooms and kitchen were to be replaced with modern facilities. There was no requirement for additional accommodation
The house was virtually demolished as the envelope was of such poor quality. It is now a very eco friendly building with lambs wool insulation, heated by air to water heat pumps transferring the heat by under floor heating. The rainwater is collected with a rainwater harvesting system that feeds the toilets. The external finishes are high quality to reflect its maritime location.
Colours, whilst all from a range of greys, are surprisingly rich in subtle undertones from the glaucous green of the slates to the blue-greys of the windows and cladding. Constructional details are carefully considered to optimise materials chosen for their propensity to patinate gracefully;even the hardwood decking is weathering to a complementary grey.