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Waterfall Bay House

    Waterfall Bay House is a low-energy private dwellinghouse on the shore of Loch Melfort designed by Architecto which has been shortlisted in the aesthetic design (small scale) category. Situated on the shores of the loch, with a waterfall behind which pools to the west gable, the brief for this house was to ensure that loch views were provided from every room. This has been achieved by creating a hen-run circulation space to the rear, allowing all the accommodation to be located to the loch side, looking across the bay.

    The roof is standing seam metal, as is the feature box bay window to the stair landing. The whole building is a modern take on traditional vernacular architecture. Natural stone is used at the building’s corners, providing visual strength. To fit the house in the site required the removal of three small oak trees. These were milled to provide both the timber posts to the veranda and also the internal oak staircase and handrails. The house is fitted with an air source heat pump, mechanical heat recovery ventilation system, triple glazed windows and conforms to the PassivHaus Low Energy Standard. The living room is double height, with a study mezzanine overlooking this space. Triple rooflights not only provide the view from the study, but allow high-level light to fill the living space.

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