Frameless effect glazed systems were used to full effect in this unique sustainable new build home in Bodmin, Cornwall. The house nestles against a grassy slope overlooking the Cornish coastline and uses natural, complementary materials that integrate with the surrounding Cornwall countryside.
One section of the home is clad in Cornish slate, while the second features sustainably sourced timber to create a beautiful rustic aesthetic. A minimal glazed link bridges the gap between the two buildings, which both feature large fixed frameless aluminium windows and sliding glass doors to capture the stunning views of the surrounding coast and sea.
Minimal sliding glass doors run the length of a large open plan living area on the ground floor of the timber section, giving seamless access to the external decking area, which is dotted with lounge chairs for the homeowners to soak up the sun on warmer days. The extensively glazed elevation created by the ultra-slim framed sliding doors also ensures that the living space is flooded with natural light all year round.
Meanwhile, large vertical fixed aluminium casement windows along the upper floor provide a steady influx of natural light into the bedrooms. Using such a large amount of glazing on the south-facing elevation maximises the hours of sunlight enjoyed by the occupants during the day.
In order to counteract any excessive solar gain produced by receiving so much natural light, a solar control coating was applied to each of the glazed units, preventing the internal living spaces from overheating during the sunniest parts of the day.
To the stone clad section of the property, a small glass box extension protrudes out onto the grassy slope to create a cosy seating area that enjoys panoramic views. Two of the three glass walls are made up of IQ’s Invisio structural glazing, while the third elevation is a small set of minimal sliding glass doors that allow easy access to the decking and garden area outside.
Around the corner, the square end of the building features a further two sets of sliding doors that run the width of the upper and lower floors, taking advantage of the breath-taking views looking directly across the sea. Frameless structural glass balustrades were installed across the sliding door opening on the first floor, to create a Juliette balcony arrangement that allows the homeowners to enjoy the full ventilation created with the doors fully opening, while still ensuring their safety.