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Residential Projects

"Various design works on a Grade II listed cottage. Cura Design have been moving the scheme through two Planning and Listed Building Applications Robert has brought some fresh and exciting ideas to the Grand Design scheme. He has a wealth of more contemporary design features that have complimented our historical conversion and extension project over the last 2 years"  -S. Vitali

"Innovative and agile in problem solving which led to my brief being delivered. Would highly recommend working with Robert Bedner and Cura." - C. Kane

Cura Design have over 15 years experience designing and gaining planning approvals for residential projects in stunning landscapes and countrysides including designated AONB, conservation areas and listed buildings. Below are a selection of current and completed residential projects. Click on the image for further drawings and videos on a given project.

Conversion of a house by Cura Design.

Green Roof aligns with hill

Dark Sky Area

Air Source 
Heat Pump

Colour of leaves of trees blends 
with natural corten steel roof

A new house design in Dartmoor National Park by Cura Design.

Vertical larch strips
age naturally

Water Source 
Heat Pump

PV Panels and Battery

PV Panels and Battery

Rain Water


Refurbishment and Extension to Home at the Quontock National Park (Pre Construction)


Cura Design recently gained planning permission for the refurbishment and extension of a Victorian hunting lodge on a small holding in Somerset. The project is located on the edge of the Quontock National Park AONB and was the first area in europe to recieve the international dark skies reserve designation in 2011.


Unique to the project is that one of the Clients is a thermal building fabric expert and the other is a Certified Electrician with structural engineering knowledge. The project is partially self build and includes a good deal of bespoke thermal detailing as well as planned air source heat pump. MVHR system, integrated solar pv membrane roof and a large privacy glass skylight.

Replacement Dwelling in Dartmoor National Park (Pre Construction)


Cura Design recently gained planning permission for a replacement dwelling on Dartmoor National Park. The site was previously an equestrian centre with stables, an indoor riding rink and varous outbuildings on a beautiful site in the Park. The project features a corten steel roof which will slowly gain a patina that blends with the woodland and vertical larch rainscreen cladding. Sustainability features include a water source heat pump that runs on a stream on the property and an innovative fabric first cladding system that is close to passivehaus standard including an MVHR system.

New Dwelling in Topsham Devon (In Construction)


Cura Design recently gained planning permission for a new three bedroom house located in the historical town of Topsham in a conservation area. The project has a traditional brick exterior in keeping with the conservation area. The interior is contemporary with a feature hanging staircase that will separate the living and ding spaces from the kitchen. The project has substantial sustainability features including air source heat pump with MVHR system, solar pv and thermal, tesla battery, rainwater harvesting and storage and fabric first insulation technologies in the floor, walls and ceiling.

Ground Source 
Heat Pump

Glazing provides feeling of outdoor courtyard

Listed biophilic house

Super insulated

Refurbishment and extension to Grade ll listed house Devon

Cura designed and gained planning approval for a subtle extension to a grade II listed house in Devon. The design culminated a long process of discussions and applications with Council Planning and was approved after a presentation was made by Cura Design at Planning Committee. The design consists of three distinct elements: 1. The refurbished cottage 2. Enclosing the historic courtyard with a glazed roof. 3. Refurbishing and extending the historic outbuilding.


Biophilic Extension

Photo: Joakim Boren Photography

Extension to Townhouse Plymouth - Winner Alan King Award 2009 and Winner Abercrombie Award for Best Minor Development 2011


A small infill extension producing a Yoga Studio at ground floor and childs bedroom above all under a refurbished stair with skylight. The project includes a feature hidden hatch for ventilation in the childs bedroom. The project received local and national awards and was featured in Grand Designs magazine.

Conservation Area

Cottage refurb Newton Ferrers


Super insulated

Refurbishment and three storey extension to waterfront cottage - Newton Ferrers, Devon


A large part of the design involved maintaining and enhancing the existing features of this cottage in the conservation area in a discreet way. The project included substantial excavations and structural consideratons behind the property and difficult access considerations during construction.


The refurbishment of the cotttage includes a new natural slate roof and porch, and new timber period windows in a newly rendered facade in keeping with the terrace.


The entrance hallway  leads first past a study and games room and then past a refurbished bread oven and family bathroom to a stair that arrives at the kithen. Seating in the kitchen overlooks the lounge and the views over the river Yealm.The kitchen feaures a walk-on skylight above the island seating area.


Stairs from the kitchen lead to a private studio on the roof with a terrace surrounded by a green roof and garden with views over the river. 

Natural light increased for the existing kitchen and bedrooms


Double storey glazed atrium and extension at Gerrards Cross


Double Storey House Extension, Double Storey Garage Extension and Loft Conversion, Gerrards Cross, South Buckinghamshire


A double storey glazed atrium was created between the existing house and new double storey extension to allow light into the existing upper storey bedroom windows and ground floor kitchen. The masterbedroom area was located on the first floor and accessed via a glazed bridge.


The stair was extended into the the loft area to create additional office space.


The garage was demolished and enlarged to create a three car garage below and games room above.


Garden Room at seaside conservation area

Contemporary Home Office, Cornwall


The workshop / studio connects with the seafront view, with new steel gantry access stair and elevation of garden shed with timber cladding and sedum roof. Feature green walls with trellis on existing retaining walls and feature grape vines on overhead trellis

Adding a green wall can be affordable with stainless stell trellis systems. This trellis system transforms an ugly rear concrete retaining wall into a haven for birds and bats and insects and plants and other wildlife.

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