Summer House

This fine example of a 17th Century Grade 2 Listed farmhouse occupies a delightful location in West Sussex. Following detailed consultations with the LA Conservation Officer, permission was granted for a summer house linked to the main house.

Whereas our client may have wished for a new addition to be harmonious with the existing building, it is generally encouraged to show a marked difference in the style of any later building. In this way, the changes to the house will be seen historically, much as a Georgian house with Victorian additions.

For this project, the summer house was to be seen as a clear break from the farmhouse and hence, from the brick plinth walls below, timber framework was constructed and clad with green oak weather boarding.

The roof was formed with vaulted construction with oak collars set within the ceiling providing a period appearance. The roof slopes were clad with salvaged clay tiles with perimeter cast iron rainwater goods. The building was built for residential accommodation to suit all seasons and hence fully insulated throughout together with thermal glazing to the external joinery.

The floors were laid with travertine – honed and filled – and finished with a satin sealer; the floors were heated with low temperature water filled ufh using  continuous loops to provide an even temperature throughout.

Accommodation comprised of:  summer room, cloakroom, entrance hall and link passage to the main house.

The interior was decorated with Farrow and Ball and the exterior oak planking left untreated to naturally silver down over time.

It was a lovely room to be lived in whatever the weather,  and fully complimented the requirements of the house.