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S-Greenaway Reach - Exterior 6a - Catchfrench Design Architects in Trebetherick near Rock

A replacement family home on the north coast of Cornwall. 

Project Highlights    
Main Contractor: 
T&D Carter, Bodmin (more)
Contract Sum: 

Our Responsibilities: 
Architect/Contract Administrator

Sustainability Credentials:
Ground Source Heat Pump
Rainwater Recycling

Energy Efficiency Rating: (more)
Previous Bungalow: E rated
New House: B rated

Contract Period: 
12 months

General Construction:
Load bearing concrete blockwork

Environmental Impact (CO2) rating:(more)
Previous Bungalow: F rated
New House: B rated


Greenaway Reach

Situated on the north coast of Cornwall, this 7 bedroom new home replaces a rather worn out and inadequate bungalow. The increased accommodation is arranged on three floors over a similar footprint to the original bungalow. This was achieved by utilising the roof space which was increased in height by less than 2m and by excavating the sloping site and introducing a lower level dug into the hill side. This has added benefit in providing sheltered external space which has sea views but seclusion from the coast path which runs past the site. Through 3D computer modelling of the house and surrounding countryside it was possible to demonstrate how this would work and what views were available quite early on in the design process.

The house is of masonry construction under a natural slate roof with concrete beam and block floors which combine good levels of insulation with high thermal mass to achieve stable internal temperatures avoiding excessive summer overheating. Triangular dormer windows take advantage of the spectacular views in each direction and roof windows make the best use of natural lighting. A borehole ground source heat pump is the main source of heating feeding the under floor system and is backed up by a condensing oil fired boiler. 

The property is available to let from John Bray Cornish Holidays

The accommodation comprises:

Main entrance level

  • Entrance hall with stairs up to first floor and down to lower mezzanine and lower ground floor
  • Wet room
  • WC
  • Utility
  • Large kitchen dining area with terrace and balcony
  • Dry goods store
  • Upper living room with balcony and gallery
  • Integral garage/boat store with attic storage
  • Boot room
  • External Log store
  • Bedroom 3 with ensuite bathroom

First floor (within roof space)

  • Master bedroom with seaward balcony, dressing room and ensuite bathroom
  • Bedroom 2 with ensuite shower
  • Gallery over living room to study

Upper mezzanine level

  • Landing
  • Cupboard
  • Bedroom 7

Lower mezzanine level

  • Bedroom 3 with ensuite bathroom
  • Bedroom 4 with stair down to lower ground floor

Lower ground floor

  • Living/games room
  • Store room
  • Wine store
  • Plant room
  • Linen store
  • Stair leading to bedroom 4
  • Bathroom
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6 with ensuite bathroom


 Topographical survey  Cornish Engineering Surveys
 Engineer  Derek Gray & Associates
 Land Contamination  Ian Farmer Associates
 Lighting  Skinflint
 Landscape gardening  Wendy Woods
 Specialist suppliers/subcontractors  
 Basement waterproofing  Maclennan-LSE
 Kitchen  Charlie Turner
 Electrical  Waldon Electrical Contractors 
 Curtains and Blinds  Tanya Leech


Greenaway Reach has been featured in the ' RIBA Housing 11 - Directory of Chartered Practice' publication.  See the article here .

Completed in 2010.


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