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New dwelling at Thornycroft, Pinfold Hill, Laxey.

Appeared in Manx Life magazine issue 2

The existing Thorneycroft dwelling was purchased by our client in 2006 with a view to demolishing the existing split level property which did not take full advantage of the site outlook and which had also been subject to a number of poor flat roof extensions in the past.

Penketh Millar were engaged on this project with a design brief to produce a new family home utilising the steeply sloping site and taking full advantage of the 180 degree uninterrupted and exceptional views to Laxey bay and over to both Laxey harbour and out to Clay Head. The client wished to utilise traditional construction methods incorporating a steel frame to the seaward elevation due to the slim masonry sections and cantilevering roof and balcony sections.

Internally, the entrance storey opens from the porch area through the house to the large glazed seaward elevation with the family kitchen, dining and lounge area overlooking Laxey Bay. Below, are situated two large ensuite bedrooms with corner windows again taking full advantage of the sea views. Situated behind the bedrooms is with a gym and generous cinema room. Above the entrance storey are three more bedrooms, again all with en suite facilities and a large open hall to centre with balcony area out where the roof over extends out to cover the deck area. The windows and doorsets are high quality due to the exposed nature of this prominent property and in grey aluminium. All floors open out onto decked areas with glazed balcony sections so as not to interrupt the seaward views.

Finishes incorporate a natural slate roof, self coloured external wall render system and natural stonework. The lower garden area extends down to the cliff edge and due to the steep nature of the site the three stepped balcony views are superb.

Indicated are the Planning floor plans and elevation drawings, a 3D Render and site photographs.


Completed Summer 2013.