Environmental House – Helford

CSA Ref:- 2692

A delightful Creekside plot overlooking the Helford River. The property had been for sale for some time, with a very large, dated 1920’s dormer bungalow which had been the subject of numerous extensions over the years. The client engaged with CSA before purchasing the property to ascertain what could be done and we were able to plan their bespoke home.

The client had very strong aspirations to create a sound environmentally conscious house that makes the most of the views and the south facing aspect. Drawing inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright, the proposed home utilises large areas of glazing, sheltered from solar overheating by large overhanging traditional slate roofs, which create a covered veranda capable of use all year round. The building is built into the hillside to maximise the use of the topography and thermal mass, of the ground. The roof form achieves layering, from a relatively simple layout, which creates sizeable open plan living spaces, all opening out onto the garden.

The building incorporates local natural stone and natural timber cladding externally to integrate the new building within the landscape and context of surrounding buildings. The 6,000+ sqft house also incorporates a glasshouse wing for growing their own fruit and vegetables, to further endorse the aspirations to be self-sufficient within this plot; all within one cohesive design.

CSA Architects provided full architectural services from concept to construction, which is currently underway, with completion due for early 2015.