Situated in St Martins, Guernsey, a brand new house known as Rocquemer has been created, with a New England essence, overlooking the stunningly unspoiled Saints Bay on the South Coast. The development, on the site of a former chalet bungalow, began in January 2013 and was completed by June 2015.
Shortlisted for the Guernsey Design Awards 2016, Rocquemer has impressively been entered into the Residential New Build (over £250k) category. Ravenscroft Construction Ltd acted as main contractor on the development forming a successful collaboration with architectural and interiors company – Paul Langlois Architects.
The brief encompassed a comfortable four-bedroom house that maximised the spectacular views over the South Coast. The fundamental design concept was to position the main living spaces across the south elevation and for the ground and first floor decks to extend the internal spaces beyond the building line.
Entering the property, the double height, galleried entrance hall is a focal feature of the house adding a feel of opulence and spaciousness. A palette of soft, maritime hues is presented internally and externally, married with pared down but robust detailing, to express the calm, coastal essence.
Premier Construction spoke to Paul Langlois of Paul Langlois Architects, to discover some key facts on the £1.15 million residential project. Paul commented:
“The building possesses four bedrooms and two lounges, across 1.5 storeys, and the space is 350m². The site and orientation of the house dictated the layout with the main rooms and terraces facing the spectacular southerly views whilst bathrooms, utility and double height entrance hall are on the north side.
The exterior finishes of the building includes a slate roof, cedar shingles on a timber frame at first floor and rendered cavity block work at ground floor. The windows and doors are high specification glazing in pre-finished accoya frames.
Anne Langlois was responsible for the interior design including the bathrooms and kitchen design. She worked closely with the clients to choose a palette of colours and materials that reflect the maritime landscape.
“Those who visit the house say it has a calm, relaxed ambience which is exactly what we wanted to achieve.”
Several design features are in place specifically to benefit the environment and the homeowner, such as high insulation values, natural light and ventilation and passive solar design. Additionally, heating and hot water are supplied from air source heat pumps, rather than a traditional boiler.
When Premier Construction asked Paul if there had been any challenges, Paul replied:
“Yes we did face logistical problems with access down a very narrow road. All the concrete and block work from the demolished house was therefore crushed and reused on site.
“The project shows what can be achieved with an enlightened client who understands and trusts what an architect and interior designer can do. We are an architectural company that understands the expectations of the client and strives to maximise the potential of a site. This alongside a contractor who enjoys the challenge of building something different and has the skills set to do – can produce something spectacular.”