Bio: The client presented Peter Dickinson Architects with a spectacular yet challenging site, located on a cliff face in Sandside, South Cumbria, with the desire to construct a single detached dwelling for the use of the client. However challenging, the site was engrossed by extensive views over the River Kent estuary – a feature that Peter Dickinson Architects felt necessary to take advantage of.
The design of the dwelling is centred around living accommodation split over two levels, stepping down the cliff side and providing accommodation at entry level (a prerequisite from the client). A large gable window at the upper level from the primary living space allows the dwelling to maximise the views of the estuary and provide the dwelling with an invaluable appealing feature. An external living space (in the form on an inset balcony) extends this appreciation of the surrounding landscape, and aids in bridging the divide between the immediate environment and the dwelling.
A combination of coated aluminium, stone and exposed timber, the finished building exhibits a range of complementary materials and design techniques, both traditional and contemporary. The final product is a family dwelling full of character that the owners will enjoy for many years to come.
Peter Dickinson Architects were employed to conduct the design of the detached dwelling, obtain planning permission, and produce building regulation drawings and conducting on site inspections. Peter Dickinson Architects also arranged all the necessary consultees required throughout the design and build process. Peter Dickinson and Matthew Fitzpatrick conducted the design and planning application for this project, whilst David Winstanley provided Building Regulation drawings and site inspections, as well as liaising with contractors and suppliers.
Date Commissioned: May 2011
Final Completion: May 2013