Churston Builders – The Torbay and South Hams Builder. 260sqm Nudura ICF new build in Kingswear

Churston Builders built this stunning Nudura ICF new build property on a difficult site in Kingswear and the results are stunning!

This is a stunning example of a new build utilising the Nudura ICF building system. The property extends to over 260sqm with 4 bedrooms, 2 en-suites, 1 master bathroom, play room/study, utility room, WC, cloakroom. A large open plan kitchen lounge/diner on the first floor offering  panoramic views of the river Dart and the estuary town of Dartmouth. At one of the property is a self contained 2 bedroom annexe. The living space is arranged in reverse with kitchen, dining and living areas located on the first floor where the full height sliding doors promote outdoor living. The master bedroom suite is located on the first floor too but further bedrooms can be found on the ground floor along with utility, study  and garaging.

The Build

The original north facing site, cut into a hillside, allowed for a relatively narrow level area from east to west. To create a footprint that made the most of the all day sun the site was levelled to the north going downhill by means of an extensive Nudura retaining wall that effectively doubled the usable level space. Further site preparation involved excavation of thousands of tons of material which presented many challenges on this restricted access site – at times a team of dumper trucks and drivers were employed to move material to a remote site for transport. A project of this extent required much consultation and consideration with local residents to ensure everyone was happy!

Once the groundworks, including service drainage had been installed the site was made ready for the pouring of a reinforced raft foundation. Once the foundations were set the Nurdura ICF structures were built for the primary retaining walls for the house structure and the retaining walls to the west end of the property. The concrete was poured for the these walls and then block walls and necessary steels were built internally in readiness for the joists that would form the basis of the first floor. further steel work to support the first floor structure along with first floor Nudura walls to the rear were then constructed.

The rear and sides of the property were damproofed by Dampco Devon before being backfilled.


At this point work accelerated towards getting a weathertight structure with the addition of metal web roofing joists and a huge amount of timber construction to create the internal layout for first fix trades to come in. As the project progressed throughout the winter the extensive glazing areas were boarded in so internal works could continue.

As well as general electric and plumbing first fix jobs the installation of underfloor heating and positive ventilation ducting proved to be a massive undertaking in a property of this scale! On completion of the plumbing and insulation installations to the floors, the floor screeding commenced. Further insulation works on all the internal walls left the property ready for boarding out and plastering. The sheer extent of coverage meant that a large team of plasterers were employed to complete each coat in one go. The same plastering team also provided the external Prorend surfaces employing the latest spray render applications and finishes to give a flawless finish.

Glazing was the next job and coordination of the project was one of the most challenging elements of the build. Once fitted the glazing was protected against the ongoing hazards presented by the rest of build.

Further works to complete flat roofing were completed followed by second fix trades saw the installation of the kitchen and bathrooms.

Externally the extensive patio area at the front of the property was constructed using a block and beam system finished with porcelain tiles and a rendered retaining wall with a short stairway leading to the lawned area. The lawn area  retaining wall was clad with cedar planks and finished with a steel and stainless steel rope balustrade. Elsewhere outside the ground floor was clad with contemporary split stone tiles whilst the first floor rendered in white.

Internally the flooring was completed with large polished porcelain tiles throughout aside from the bedrooms which were carpeted for comfort. Other interior features included glass banisters to the oak stairways, oak internal doors throughout, infinity glass balustrades to the balconies, wetroom bathrooms and a contemporary woodburner in the lounge area.

to get a good idea of the scale, finish and impact of this amazing property browse our gallery of images.

The build was completed in early 2022.

The Finish

The property features high-efficiency aluminium triple glazed windows and full-height sliding doors with matching facias giving full access to the extensive first floor balcony. The balcony stretches the full length of the house and is finished with mill-board decking, an invisible glass balustrade and hidden gutters – the views over the surrounding lush Devon countryside and the spectacular river Dart estuary running through the busy town of Dartmouth are simply stunning . The ground floor exterior is completed with a stylish stone wall cladding and an extensive porcelain patio area which then drops down to a level lawn that runs to the edge of retaining wall. What has been created here is a truly expansive footprint for a family to enjoy on a variety of levels and surfaces.

Inside, polished tiled floors and oak finishes to doors, and architraves give a modern fresh look throughout. The master suite features a walk-in dressing space, with further bespoke carpenter built storage units in the other rooms. Carpentry by @rossiter_carpentry

With the amount of of glass and hard surface in the property the management and efficiency ventilation and heat was a major consideration in this project. The property features a super-efficient heat recovery system (also called MVHR or HRV) which offers substantial savings on heating bills whilst giving a dramatic improvement to indoor air quality. The system changes the air within the property quite simply by extracting the air from the polluted sources e.g. kitchen, bathroom, toilets and utility rooms and supplying air to the ‘living’ rooms – bedrooms, living rooms, studies etc. The extracted air is taken through a central heat exchanger and the heat recovered into the supply air to regulate the temperature in conjunction with the extensive underfloor heating network throughout the property. All plumbing works carried out by

This Nudura ICF new build was designed by RGS Architectural Design Consultants Ltd

If you have a similar project in mind and would like to chat it through call Anthony Andrews at Churston Builders on 07782 413671/01803 846114 or email here.

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