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A property which had been built on the site of a large country house destroyed by fire in the 1940’s, and therefore benefitted from magnificent landscaping. The brief was to turn a rather ordinary house into a spacious family home whilst taking full advantage of the wonderful views from almost every side of the building.
Rumbolds Farm Barn conversion
The owners of one of the oldest working farms in West Sussex wished to make use of derelict barns on the site to accommodate their growing family. Whilst the design had to make use of a Listed timber frame that was kept largely untouched, the resulting quirky interior design features have given the building a character all of its own.
Clayton House, Cuckfield
This beautifully built property had a range of outbuildings that were awkward to use, and the owners wanted to enlarge the kitchen to become a kitchen with dining area. The property is in a Conservation Area, and a planning requirement was to retain an existing wall between the house and garage. Although the wall had two doors, this constraint required the introduction of a lantern rooflight to bring daylight to the north side of the space. Detail designs were prepared using 3D computer models to ensure that the Clients fully understood the final appearance.
Dairy Cottage, Handcross
The owners of this small timber framed and boarded cottage enjoyed outdoor living, and part of their brief was to ensure that the garden would be viewed and enjoyed from all parts of the new house. A new verandah stretches all round the living room and provides comfortable outdoor sitting areas in all weathers and wind directions. Internally the house is a series of interlinked but open areas that contain entrance, living, kitchen and dining spaces.
Dears Farm, Henfield
In common with many timber-framed buildings, this farmhouse suffered from low doors and restricted circulation at first floor. In order to create a generous kitchen with family room and master suite above, a new timber frame with its own stair was added to replace a single storey extension dating from the 1960s. Whilst the character and historical value of the seventeenth-century original is retained, new spaces have been created for twenty-first-century living.
The Common, Henfield
Many of our projects are quite modest in scale, but we believe that a worthwhile intervention is always possible. This old house had tremendous character but an inconvenient kitchen. Our brief was to make small alterations internally to create more space, whilst bringing more light and views from the garden. The end result is minor in scale but has been a major improvement to the owner’s enjoyment of the property.
Church Road, Henfield
A typical small timber-framed cottage next to the church in Sussex that had a very dilapidated glazed porch on one side, replaced with a rather more substantial ‘catslide’ lean-to. The result is self-effacing but totally appropriate, being contemporary but in harmony with the original.