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Beacon Edge

To extend or to rebuild from scratch? A common dilemma. The RIBA award-winning 'Beacon Edge' started out as a proposal to alter and extend a small 1960s bungalow on a large plot with potentially magnificent views. It soon became clear that building a new house would prove the more economic (no VAT to pay for one thing) and energy efficient route. A decision that the client has never regretted...

"We are so grateful to CaSA… they never dismissed our ideas. We always felt in control and listened to, becoming a genuine part of the team. Our house has utterly changed our lives. It doesn’t even matter what the weather is like any more, the space always feels amazing."

Dom Jenkins, Homeowner, Beacon Edge

An upside-down arrangement maximises the potential of this steeply sloping site. The upstairs living rooms benefit from level access to the rear garden and gain fantastic views over the World Heritage Site of Bath - views that were previously unseen from the level of the bungalow. Read more...

The sustainable principles used to guide every aspect of the new-build design have resulted in a comfortable new home that keeps a constant temperature throughout the year, even on the coldest and hottest days, despite all the glazing. The house also benefits from new passivhaus technology, including a Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR) system, which means the house is healthy as well as comfortable to live in.

“Collaboration was an important part of the success of this building,” explains Ian Walker, Principal Architect on this project. “The client is paramount to the success of good architecture. Listening to the client’s vision and working closely to achieve it is what CaSA is all about.”

  • Location:
  • Size:
    400 Sq m
  • Key info:
    World Heritage Site
    Sustainable Technologies
  • Awards:

    RIBA South West Award 'Best New Home' 2013
    LABC Regional 2013
    LABC BaNES Design Quality Award 2013