One of the most significant architectural modern homes in Cornwall. This is the first time this award winning, attractive and eco-friendly house has been offered to the market since its design and construction by it's owner and architect in 2002.
IN THE OWNER'S WORDS
"I am pleased to have created a house that makes people think about architecture, sustainable buildings and the environment, but remains a real home and a stimulating place to live. We love the amount of light and the variety of space we have created in a beautiful setting."
Whilst the house is a grand technical achievement in architectural terms, perhaps it's greatest attribute is that above all else it is a comfortable and welcoming family home. large reception rooms with well thought out features make it ideal for entertaining, whilst lower ceilings in the sitting room and a well thought out kitchen create comfort when relaxing.
A double height entrance hall with industrial design inspired staircase give the first glimpses of a design focussed home. Entering the dining room, double height glazed doors open from the conservatory allowing heat transfer and integrating the rooms. To one side of the dining room is the kitchen. A range of custom cabinetry with a granite worktop wrap around the kitchen and include an integrated dishwasher, double oven and microwave and fridge and freezer. The stainless steel gas hob and adjacent work surface are lower than convention allowing ease of use for cooking and preparation. An attractive tiled floor leads through to the dining room. Custom built hardwood sliding doors on exposed rails tuck out of the way creating a semi-open plan design if needed. Both the dining room and sitting room feature wood burning stoves which are features more than necessities given how well the house is insulated. The sitting room is of a good size and has French doors opening out to the garden and patio area. The custom designed conservatory, has thermostatically controlled electric windows, opening at the top and bottom allowing cool air in and warm air out. This allows the conservatory to maintain a relatively constant temperature whilst being south facing offering superb views of the garden.
From the entrance hall there is a large utility room with a wall of cabinetry, granite counter top, Belfast sink and space for a washing machine and tumble dryer. An adjoining wet room is ideal after a day with children on the beach!
A door from the utility room opens into a very large office or study. This room would also make a great playroom with enough space for a pool table etc., a fourth bedroom or could be converted with the utility room to create an annexe. A vaulted ceiling with roof lights allow plenty of natural light whilst also offering innovative storage areas for kayaks or surfboards etc in addition to a large walk in storage cupboard.
The house has been designed to cater for wheelchair users, with wide hallways and doors, and sufficient space for turning.
Upstairs there are three double bedrooms. The master bedroom has a vaulted ceiling with a partition wall creating a dressing area. French doors open to a semi-circular balcony overlooking the garden. The master en-suite has a recently upgraded shower and is fully tiled. A mezzanine overlooking the dining room leads to Bedroom 2 which also has a vaulted ceiling and en-suite, in this case a curved wall with integrated double doors conceals a shower room. A third double bedroom was added after the house was built. Seemingly cantilevered over the parking area, this is a large bedroom whose porthole window overlooking the garden adds character and charm.
GROUNDS AND GARDEN
A gated, gravel drive leads to the front of the house providing ample parking. The garage has been converted into an office however a car port has been created under the first floor bedroom extension. There is an additional parking area to the north of the house.
The gardens of the property are spectacular. Bordered by mature trees creating privacy from the lanes, the garden is enclosed to all sides by mature and carefully thought out planting beds.
To the far end of the garden, mostly screened from the house a small path leads to a detached studio. Glazed French doors are hidden behind more agricultural shed doors. A part glazed celling allows plenty of natural light to flood in. In one corner, a wood burning stove keeps the studio warm all year round. With lighting, electricity and water this could make an ideal home office. To the rear of the studio is a vegetable garden with greenhouse.
To one side of the south facing, level and lawned garden is a beautifully landscaped natural looking pond with large granite stones, aquatic plants and a gravel path leading to a small cantilevered deck projecting over the water.
A more formal pond in front of the conservatory is both attractive and functional. The lower windows of the conservatory open to allow air, which is naturally cooled via convection over the pond, to enter the house.
A patio to the rear of the house is ideal for entertaining having access to and from the house via the conservatory and sitting room.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY PRINCIPLES
There are several principles incorporated into the house. Passive solar gain via the double height conservatory into the dining room, rising to the first floor. This heat is stored within the externally insulated single blockwork construction whose design increases thermal efficiency. The conservatory windows are thermostatically controlled, automatically opening to release excess heat, or closing as needed. A 50M deep geothermal bore and heat pump provides all the hot water for the underfloor heating, which is only necessary on the ground floor, and for baths, showers and sinks. Whole house ventilation is provided with heat recovery which reduces allergens and further reduces condensation and dust, and expels radon but is essentially a heat distribution system, keeping the whole house at an even temperature.
Photovoltaic solar panels have been added to the house more recently not only providing power for the house, but also a substantial rebate from their contribution to the national grid.
All of these systems mean that the house burns no fossil fuel, is free from C02 emissions, and is low energy and low maintenance.
SERVICES AND COUNCIL TAX BAND
Mains water and drainage. Solar electricity, geo-thermal bore, heat recovery system with underfloor heating. The property is in Band F for council tax purposes.