Planning permission has been granted for a new two-storey house in West Sussex with new timber-framed detached garage building, new formal driveway and new landscaping to the site that will increase the biodiversity and include a number of new native trees. The design for the house, by ADAM director Robbie Kerr, is sympathetic to the local area, will preserve and enhance the character and appearance of the adjacent Conservation Area by responding to the varied architectural language, and importantly will sit comfortably in the landscape.
The design of the massing has been developed to help break down the overall scale of the house to help it fit into the context of the site, so that it is seen as a more ‘farmhouse’ type building that might be expected in such a location on the edge of a village with the surrounding gardens and landscape. The design of each elevation has been carefully developed to respond to how it will be seen, to tone the elevation down in context to the adjacent barn and houses. The attention to detail has been driven into every level, down to the meticulously set out Flemish bond, the articulate execution of the Classical language including the use of the Tuscan Order for the entrance porch. The orangery annex to the east elevation and a projecting side bay to the west elevation have been introduced as subservient volumes to again help the building sit comfortably in its setting. The main house has a total of four bedrooms, arranged at first floor level and served by a full height central stair hall.