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Re-modelling & Extension, Fernhurst, West Sussex

The brief, to refurbish the entire house and transform it into a contemporary family home with a bright and airy character and a flexible layout.

This detached property is located in the picturesque village of Fernhurst in West Sussex within the South Downs National Park. Its tired and dated original features and cellular room layout, lacked living accommodation and connections to the garden.

The design added an open-plan kitchen-dining area and a gallery study, that can also be converted into an extra bedroom at a later date, within a new two-storey, partially double-height extension. A new master bedroom extension with en-suite bathroom and dressing room has also been located above an existing garage. The conversion of an existing dining room and kitchen has provided a new snug area as further flexible living space that can be divided off by folding doors.

The new accommodation is flooded with light from double-height glazing to the south as well as full-height glazing for the kitchen and a high level feature window, carefully designed to cast the early morning sunlight across the entire length of the new open-plan layout.

By applying Passivhaus principals and low-energy design, thermal improvements were made to the entire building envelope. These changes together with a new solar thermal hot water system, have achieved a two-third reduction in energy bills.

ArchitectureLIVE celebrate their clients’ individuality and love what they do.

No-one knows your project requirements better than you, so they start by listening (really listening) before applying their thinking. By understanding your desire carefully, they then shape your vision and build to your lasting satisfaction.

Having built-up experience with major architectural firms in London, Irene Konschill and Jonathan Gratton founded ArchitectureLIVE in 2009 in Haslemere, Surrey, on the border with West Sussex and Hampshire, to deliver exciting and sustainable architecture in the beautiful home counties.

Inspired by nature and the desire to be future proof, ArchitectureLIVE create exclusive, contemporary designs to meet their clients’ specific needs. From one-off, new build homes and renovations to multi occupancy residential projects and school design, they offer a broad expertise and limitless enthusiasm to craft clients’ projects.