Mark is a professional classical musician, so the brief included the creation of a double height music room, with space to host small concerts. An organic, white spiral staircase (with reference to a treble clef) joins the two ﬂoors. The space, which reﬂects and offers ocean views, sits between the two wings of the house; the latter of which mirror the peaks of Golden Cap and Chardown Hill.
The company behind the build is FMB member Northcott Building Contractors Ltd. “This really wasn’t an easy site to build on,” explains Carl Northcott, Company Director. “Access was steep via the driveway, meaning everyone from delivery drivers to concrete pumps and lorries struggled with access. The house is dug into the hillside, meaning there was a huge amount of excavation in very sandy sub soil. This also meant there were large elements of retaining structure and tanking to incorporate, as well as the sunken pool structure.”
Northcott worked closely with architect Ruta Kreivyte, from sister company NDM Collins Architects, and structural engineers JJO Associates. Every single room was planned and designed to meet a speciﬁc need. Being a triathlon enthusiast, Mark wanted an indoor resistance swimming pool (Endless Pools) incorporated into the gym room with accompanying infrared sauna. Other features include a cinema room, a hidden larder to keep the kitchen clear, a double garage cut into the hillside with level access to the ﬁrst-ﬂoor living, underﬂoor heating and bamboo ﬂooring throughout and a master en-suite with views to the sea and countryside, even from the bath! The couple also installed a bio ethanol ﬁ re with bespoke ﬁreplace housing.
“The whole team at Northcott have been amazing,” says Julia. “We cannot rate the whole team more highly – their attention to detail, their positive approach to problem-solving and, above all, the friendliness of every single person on site has made the whole experience an enormous pleasure from beginning to end.”
Northcott Building Contractors Ltd is a member of the FMB and insures its builds through FMB Insurance. To ﬁnd out more visit www.nbcontractors.co.uk.
This article was published in the June / July 2020 edition of Master Builder; the magazine of the Federation of Master Builders. Click here to download the latest copy or click here to apply to join and gain unrestricted access to the back-catalogue.