CASTLE DRIVE, CASTLE BEACH, FALMOUTH
A really intriguing coastal property on Falmouth’s seafront. Converted from a traditional coastguard’s cottage to a passive, eco house by a passionate environmentalist and renewable energy academic. The owner is also an avid horticulturalist having established a lavish display of coastal flowering plants surrounding the house.
To design and build an off-road space to park and charge a small electric car to the front of the property. The project required drawing up of plans and flood risk assessments to apply for and furthermore gain full planning.
Rising ground from the roadside | to work around established planting that was not to be disturbed during the excavation & build | limited space for movement of materials.
Wherever possible in a project we source sustainable, locally sourced materials. To avoid the use of cement we created dry stone granite ‘hedges’ to retain ground that was excavated. Curves created a softer backdrop to the new parking space, giving the new frontage interest whilst still providing a good area for a small car. The curved entrance leads you to a flight of granite stairs with cobble paving, constructed with care around the exuberant planting scheme. A permeable, low impact parking surface was created using a recycled plastic gravel grid with local quarried blue elvin chippings.
A sensitively executed, challenging build that allows improved access and privacy to the property while retaining the diversity and wealth of plant life in the established front garden. This is a true ‘Iron Orchid’ job where strength and sensitivity collaborate.