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How to create robust and impactful designs for coastal sites

Exposed locations require strict attention to detail. A dwelling in Salcombe, Devon showcases how aluminium doors and windows can be part of a sustainable creative solution

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The three-storey dwelling in Salcombe, Devon replaced an existing no-frills seaside lodge. The build faced logistical challenges, including a cliffside site and single track road access.
The three-storey dwelling in Salcombe, Devon replaced an existing no-frills seaside lodge. The build faced logistical challenges, including a cliffside site and single track road access.

Spindrift View sits on the cliffside in Salcombe, overlooking one of Devon’s best beaches. Designed by Totnes-based Harrison Sutton Partnership (HSP), the building appears as a single-storey home from the road level above.

Formerly a timber-framed lodge, the design needed to minimise visual change along a popular tourist route and comply with strict building regulations.

Overcoming sloping cliffs, near-inaccessible driveways and coastal conditions, the goal was to create a unique space, nestled into the cliffside to provide a feeling of comfort and seclusion, while maximising views over the estuary.

To achieve this, Devon-based Aspect Windows fabricated and installed ten Reynaers aluminium lift-and-slide doors, alongside aluminium windows and single-entrance doors.

Once in place, the frames would provide the stability required for large expanses of glazing, with pascal ratings to stand up to enduring winds.

Complete with a lift-and-slide mechanism, the solution provides additional sealing and locking options, enhancing performance and security.

Supplied in RAL 9007, the grey aluminium complements the building, while pre-anodised paint adds further protection from the elements.

'No matter where you stand, there are unobstructed views across the estuary,' says Jon Capel, the HSP architect who designed the property. 'To capture those we needed to connect the inside and outside worlds without compromising the building’s ability to handle the unpredictable conditions of coastal life. The selection of glazing materials was critical.'

Reynaers aluminium systems were specified to provide the robustness and durability needed in a harsh environment. Its profiles are in keeping with the contemporary look and feel of the building and enhance its unique identity.

  • Large aluminium lift-and-slide doors by Reynaers enhance the views from every room with. A pre-anodised paint finish protects the frames from the harsh marine environment.
    Large aluminium lift-and-slide doors by Reynaers enhance the views from every room with. A pre-anodised paint finish protects the frames from the harsh marine environment.
  • Reynaers triple glazing helps the building achieve a high level of thermal insulation.
    Reynaers triple glazing helps the building achieve a high level of thermal insulation.
  • The property has an indoor swimming pool, five bedrooms, three ensuites, a cinema room, two living rooms and an open-plan kitchen/diner.
    The property has an indoor swimming pool, five bedrooms, three ensuites, a cinema room, two living rooms and an open-plan kitchen/diner.
  • Spindrift View was the winner of a Best Individual New Home award for the South West region and a national LABC Building Excellence award.
    Spindrift View was the winner of a Best Individual New Home award for the South West region and a national LABC Building Excellence award.
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