After purchasing the St Mawes property, they knocked it down and decided to build their own home. They enlisted Märraum Architects to design a distinct and breathtaking family house that would maximise the use of natural daylight, space and orientation and reflect their passion for design.
The site posed a sensitive challenge to the architects. Adam Laskey, project architect for Märraum, explained, “The site fell within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and bordered a conservation area. This made it more challenging to design a contemporary building and, unfortunately, our initial proposals met some local resistance.”
During the planning decision process, Märraum had to reduce the external glazing which ultimately affected how the building received light and provided views out. This made the roof windows a hugely important element in the design. To overcome these challenges, Märraum included wide aspect windows alongside an intricately designed roof window system, which helped draw in and capture more natural light in the upper storey. This created a lofty and expansive space while minimising intrusion on the surrounding dwellings.
With the installation of 11 VELUX roof windows, the owners benefited from additional daylight in the centre of the building and enhanced air circulation, affording them control of the indoor climate. The roof windows
were also fitted with the innovative VELUX INTEGRA® roof window system.
The use of VELUX roof windows in the project gave the family an enhanced perception of height. Due to planning restrictions, the architects needed to keep the roofline low. The living space has eaves as low as 1.5m, so
the addition of roof windows provided expansive views of the sky above, which significantly increased the feeling of height and influx of light within the room.
Overall, Clearwater is an incredibly social building, designed to maximise space through natural light without losing its intimate family atmosphere. Through the combination of VELUX roof windows and full height glazed door openings on the gables, the home feels spacious and light, and makes the most of the Cornish seaside views. Sarah said, “’The house is just lovely, I can't tell you how much we are enjoying living here!’’
Architects: Märraum Architects