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Wyndcliffe House, Polzeath

When our client purchased Wyndcliffe as a fairly shabby bungalow the potential was obvious, the plot being at the end of a terrace with spectacular direct seaward views over the beach & toward Pentire Point.

The design, reflecting the client’s wish for an unapologetically modern new home, received a mixed reaction, eventually receiving planning approval following a successful planning appeal.

The original bungalow was demolished to make way for the new three storey building, partially sunken into the site, and with the building itself occupying the majority of the site. Principal living spaces are on the upper levels to make the most of the views. The external walling is a combination of local Cornish Delabole slate & render. Tilting the zinc-clad roof dramatically increased the panoramic view from the upper floor of the house.

The house contains a number of sustainable features, including green energy from a combination of photovoltaics, solar thermal panels and a ground source heat pump. High levels of insulation outboard of the insitu concrete frame and dense blockwork external walls, which provide a high thermal mass, conserve energy through the daily cycle.