Status : Construction in 2022
Location : Fairlight, East Sussex
Our client approached us having previously gained planning permission for a replacement dwelling on a secluded rural site in East Sussex. Their desire was to build a modern, sustainable, energy efficient home.
The primary driving factor in our design process was to capitalise on the expansive views over the countryside and towards the sea beyond. The building is centered on a feature glass and steel staircase to create a strong sense of arrival for visiting guests.
At ground floor level, bedrooms, bathrooms, and utility spaces have been arranged around a central circulation corridor. The ground floor is split- level, stepping down towards the sea view to follow the natural gradient of the site. The plan is also ‘cranked’ slightly here to accommodate a living space which faces due south to receive the maximum amount of natural sunlight and heat through large, glazed sliding doors. Upstairs features a large master suite with bedroom, dressing area, and separate bathroom. A large open plan kitchen and dining area benefit from a fully glazed gable and oversized doors, that open out onto a wrap-around external terrace.
Renewable technologies will be integrated into the fabric of the building to reduce energy usage and day to day utility bills, including PV panels, a Ground Source Heat Pump, Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR) and a rainwater harvesting system.
The building contract is soon to be agreed and construction is expected to commence in the spring of 2022.