This house was conceived to replace a former dilapidated and overgrown dwelling and garage studio flat, which were located on a stunning east coast site overlooking the Islands.
The site is within the Village de Putron, which is generally recognised as being an area of ‘Arts and Crafts’ style architecture, and this uniquely flexible and domestic style allowed the use of many traditional features and materials in a stunningly appropriate setting.
The house perches on the cliff edge, and the use of turrets allows the occupants to enjoy panoramic views. The mass of the building is broken up by asymmetrical use of gables, turrets and chimneys. Very careful detailing of windows, doors and interiors carries the ‘Arts and Crafts’ theme through the building. The cloister connects the house to the studio garage, and deliberately obscures the sea views on entering the gates of the property, apart from a tantalising glimpse through the arch of the pigeonnière.
The house is designed with very high levels of insulation, thereby requiring a minimum of heating, and a sophisticated underground rainwater storage system.