The 1895 Victorian villa, Les Pieux, overlooks the bay of Cobo and was originally a fine example of this architectural period.
In recent times the front façade had been drastically modified, with unsightly uPVC weatherboarding and inappropriate windows, presumably in an attempt to keep out the harsh west coast weather. Despite this, the materials had deteriorated over time and there were many leaks and damp patches, also a result of inappropriate pointing to the stone.
As part of the alterations completed in September 2009, the glazed section of the façade between the two bay windows was removed and a rendered wall constructed in its place, with traditional timber sliding sash windows and a panelled front door.
All windows to the bays were replaced with traditional timber sliding sashes along with timber cover beads and rendered raised and fielded panels, all carefully detailed in order to provide sufficient weatherproofing to this exposed elevation.
A covered porch was constructed, with timber supports incorporating a series of arches and mouldings to match the original form, which also provided additional space to the existing balcony above.
All other existing doors, windows, claddings, balustrading and supports on the front elevation were replaced with timber incorporating traditional mouldings in order to further enhance its appearance and return the building to its former glory, as one of the most prestigious houses overlooking the bay.