New Beach House, Isle of Arran

This design for a new beach house on the Isle of Arran responds to our clients’ wish to downsize from their existing home. The new beach house – situated within the existing garden – is designed for one level living and to maximise the outstanding location with sea vies from all rooms. The external expression is reminiscent of maritime architecture such as boat houses or seaside lodges and internally includes a master bedroom with ensuite and private terrace overlooking the shore, a generous open plan living room (also with terrace access) and guest accommodation.

The open aspect provides ideal opportunity to benefit from passive solar gain to reduce energy cost.  N5A is a Certified European Passivhaus Designer and the  Beach House is to be designed to exacting Passivhaus standards. This includes very high quality construction to reduce accidental heat losses through the walls, floor and roof. Passivhaus reduces the energy consumption to such a low level that it is economic to heat the house using only electricity via a heat pump and mechanical heat recovery ventilation. This approach provides delivers very good indoor air quality and is low maintenance. It  is ideally suited to rural locations such as are found on the Isle of Arran where mains gas is not available and other fuels have to be imported from the mainland by ferry.