Alec Macleod, Architect at Intelligent Design says ...

As a house designer more familiar with super-airtight, super-insulated timber frame as a preferred method of construction, working with ICF, and Stanchura as a contractor, has come as a very pleasant surprise. ICF has many benefits, not least the ease by which a poured construction can achieve an airtight envelope, coupled with low U-values, but I have also been struck generally by the simplicity of the method and all this means for detailing and the corresponding impact on supervision. After simplicity

I would add in versatility. I was surprised, for example, by how well this method performed in a basement scenario, both in retaining and in receiving an effective waterproofing treatment. In the end, though, it is the very fact of the solidity of this construction, whilst still providing the same energy responsive envelope of a timber frame resulting from the mass structure being isolated by the inner layer of insulation, that is so appealing. I will use it again.  

Alec designed the stunning cliffside property in Downderry, Cornwall  


Coastal Panorama

Perched on Perranporth's coastal dunes,

'Tides Reach' is a uniquely designed high

spec property, with cantilever feature to maximise the sea views.

ICF superstructure, including basement & structural waterproofing

Natural Retreat

Exclusive Cornish riverside property, cleverly integrated into the hillside with underground basement, extensive ground and first floors.

ICF superstructure, including basements & structural waterproofing

Farmhouse Plus

Substantial, stylish extension, doubling the size of the property, meeting the brief to match the same U-values and airtightness criteria as the original Canadian SIPPs house.

ICF superstructure


Impressive 4 storey development with split level basement, extensive use

of glass, inverted living space and balconies to make the most of the Cornish coastal views.

ICF superstructure, including basements & structural waterproofing 

Designer Luxury

State of the art 5 bedroom family home in Cornwall with basement swimming pool and gym, separate annexe and double garage.

ICF superstructures, including basements, swimming pool & structural waterproofing

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Cornish Lookout

A unique property in an area of outstanding natural beauty with panoramic

views to St Agnes.

ICF superstructure, including basement & structural waterproofing

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Doubling Up

An excellent example of maximising a site footprint; replacing one bungalow with two houses, both with basements and sweeping countryside views.

ICF superstructure, including basements & structural waterproofing

Country Living

Large 4 bedroom family home in Cornwall with inverted accommodation and semi-retained triple

dormer garage.

ICF superstructure & structural waterproofing 

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