Clifftops and cantilevers
This steeply sloping clifftop site near Clevedon currently has two existing bungalows which will be demolished to provide five two storey cantilevering contemporary houses with garages, parking and stunning sea views of the Severn Estuary and Welsh coast.
The homes are to be between four and six bedrooms, and their uninterrupted glazing and positions are set to maximise the views. A lower level will be set within the slope of the site, and roof and landscape terraces will soften the visual impact and provide private outdoor spaces reminiscent of the nearby Clevedon pier.
Ground investigations will be required to establish slope stability. Reinforced concrete retaining walls and concrete columns below ground will be necessary, supported by the rock substrata against the slope and mass concrete foundations.
A concrete slab will support the upper level and roof, while creating the cantilevers on either side of the lower level. A 400mm thick slab will be required to achieve the 6m clear span of the cantilever. A lightweight construction will be provided for the upper level, steel with blockwork construction for the external walls, which will allow the large glazed areas to be achieved while providing a solid feel to the structures.
Images courtesy of Loyn & Co