Private Residence in Sussex

Client: Private Client
Architect: Felce & Guy
QS: Ashburnham Cameron P’ship
M&E: PJR Services
Value: £1m
Programme: 49 Weeks


This project involved the construction of a high quality bespoke 4-bedroom, 4-bath new house in a rural location in Sussex, followed by the demolition of an existing bungalow under the watchful eye of an ecologist due to the potential of bats roosting in the roof structure.

The house, L shaped on plan, was constructed with deep stripfoundations, designed to withstand clay heave, in traditional brickand block at ground level with Anthra-zinc cladding at first floorand across the roof. The lines of the aluminium windows anddoors aligned with the zinc standing seam joints to the walls ofthe building creating a horizontal modular effect around thebuilding.

The roof, constructed partly with engineered joists, formed as apitched roof but with a running-ridge travelling from the midpointat one end of the roof to corner at the other. This createddifferent planes on each wing of the house and with the largeglazed windows to the ‘ends’ of the house and the glazed linkbetween the two wings, added to the distinctive design of theproperty.

Internally, high quality finishes were specified through-out with shadow gap beads detailed at all door lining and skirting junctions. The bespoke, modern, hand built kitchens were fitted to a high standard with a high de-gree of care and accuracy required in the fitting process.

The installation of an oil fired boiler and underfloor heating throughout provided heat. Lighting, designed by John Cullen, is controlled centrally providing mood lighting by the careful use of uplighters, down-lighters and spotlights recessed within the skirtings.

Bathrooms were fully tiled, each to an individual design and included modern fixtures, walk-in showers, pocket door entrances and separated dressing room areas.

The whole of the ground floor was tiled using a plank floor tile requiring a fine tolerance in screed levels.

Externally, areas were laid to lawn in tiered gardens, with retaining walls built of brickwork to match the house. The rural location required the installation of sewage treatment and rainwater SUDS systems.