ARCO2 are thrilled to announce that these 4 fantastic projects have been shortlisted for the Build It Awards, fortunately for us they are all in different categories! Congrats to everyone involved in making these projects happen.
Featherbeds is an energy Passive House inspired family home nestled into the landscape so well that it has actually enhanced the landscape. The brief was to replace the existing sub-standard dwelling with a new sustainable family home for the owners and their children. The building should be sustainable and self-sufficient, whilst making the most of the site. Natural light and private views of the secluded valley location were key. The completed project has been a success in terms of design, construction and the end product. Ensuring the Parish Council were supportive throughout the process was important and inviting them back at the end of the project to show the quality of the scheme has proved to be good for the area as a whole, creating something to truly be proud of.
Waterhouse is a replacement dwelling located near Wadebridge/Rock. The brief was to provide a site-specific and bespoke design tailored to the clients needs without compromising on energy efficiency. To be sympathetic to the rural setting within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, blending into the landscape, whilst opening up the living space to capitalise on the surrounding panoramic Camel Estuary views and countryside beyond. The replacement dwelling has completely transformed the lives of our clients, opening it up to its beautiful estuary setting and creating seamless transitions between inside and outside. What was once a typical 1980’s Cornish bungalow is now replaced with a low energy dwelling with life time home ethos and benefits light filled, spacious and modern family home that better connects with its location and makes best use of its wonderful setting.
Tresidder was a property dating from the 1920’s occupying an elevated cliff-top position with one of Cornwalls most spectacular coastal views across Polurrian Bay. The existing house was in a poor state of repair with leaks and damp due to a lack of insulation. The exposure of the site and the outdated construction made the house hard to heat in the winter. The replacement dwelling has been constructed with great skill, care and workmanship by a very local constructing firm who understands the challenging demands required for robustness in such a highly exposed site. The level of airtightness exceeds the stringent Passive House requirements. Together with Passive House compliant U-values it would be fair to assume that Tresidder would be a strong candidate as a non-certified Passive House. The careful and sensitive nature of the design has resulted in a beautifully weathered building that sympathetically and respectfully compliments the sensitive nature of the site and its surroundings.
Little Cutmadoc is a period farmhouse property located in the idyllic woodland near Lanhydrock estate that our clients wished to alter and extend. The brief was to provide additional relatively modest living space, whilst also opening up the house to the surrounding gardens and maximising views of the adjacent lake and countryside beyond. Although relatively small in scale the alterations at Little Cutmadoc have completely transformed the property, opening it up to its beautiful woodland setting and creating seamless transitions between inside and outside. What was once an inward looking, relatively dark house has been transformed into a light filled, spacious and modern family home that better connects with its location and makes best use of its fantastic setting.