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House Hanging Off A Cliff - Not Falling!

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-29127057

It might look precarious - and a hostage to coastal erosion - but there's no reason why the design shouldn't be structurally sound, says Maxwell Hutchinson, a former president of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Cantilever beams drilled into the rock could support the building just as crampons support a climber.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-29127057

It might look precarious - and a hostage to coastal erosion - but there's no reason why the design shouldn't be structurally sound, says Maxwell Hutchinson, a former president of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Cantilever beams drilled into the rock could support the building just as crampons support a climber.

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Now I am sure the bods have all worked out the sums, but wont drilling into the cliff have had a weakening effect on the cliff. The anchor points also introduce a week spot where moisture can gather and should it freeze cause problems.

Added to all that the only bit that needs to erode is the bit where land meets house at the top and you are stuck.

I also wouldn't want to have to clean the windows or be there during a storm.

I wonder what type of rock the cliff is made out of as well, is it slow or quick eroding ?

Looking at the picture again the sea is already trying to turn that point into a stack of rock as it is eroding into the cliff to the left of the house.

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Well the cliff certainly aint aggregating, and showing fresh rock, it most certainly is eroding at some rate or other - might be mm per century and even coring and testing will not tell them exactly what fractures are inside or quite how anything hidden in the cliff, or below it might react to one off events.

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Just had another look at the picture and I would be a bit concerned about the crack I have ringed, it lines up with one of the sediment layers and could see it taking a large chunk of cliff, house and anchoring points in one go.

For me this would be a problem, the ongoing stress would kill you if the drop didn't.

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