As a retired couple, the Gileses were keen to change their lifestyle – and part of their plan was to move to a more sustainable home with low running costs. The pair tracked down an old-fashioned bungalow in poor condition that was ripe for demolition.
Armed with a brief for a contemporary house with a modern, fresh look, they approached Revolution Homes to draw up a design.
Keen to complete the build for a fixed price, the couple opted for a full turnkey package. Having one point of contact throughout the project also helped to pave the way for a smooth, stress-free process.
Given the lack of similar builds nearby, gaining planning consent for a crisp glass-and-render house wasn’t a given – but the use of 3D images and detailed sketches helped put the scheme in context and permission was granted first time.
Revolution Homes specified insulating concrete formwork (ICF) for the walls to provide a thermally-efficient shell. Wide-span concrete beam and block floors ensure great soundproofing between storeys.
Internally, the couple’s master bedroom features a large picture window overlooking the sea. On the ground floor, an open-plan kitchen-diner leads out to the garden via two bifold doors that slide completely out of the way to create a seamless threshold.
Delivering a low-maintenance home is all about preparation, and a lot of thought has gone into this area of the scheme, too.
The metal roof, from Tata Steel, is a case in point – getting the profiles and finishes right brought some challenges, but the result is a sleek, elegant and durable covering.
This is complemented by features such as the aluminium windows, which will stand up well to the coastal climate. All the gutters are hidden behind parapet walls to allow for easy upkeep and to maintain the house’s clean lines.