The design of a one off house in the Sussex countryside. CDMS Architects was appointed to inspire the owners of this site with ideas for a new family home on a large rectangular site with mature trees bordering a conservation area.
The designs are based around the key components of the Client’s brief - to create interesting internal spaces over split levels, to make connections with the external landscape, and to provide a comfortable home centred around a large open plan family area.
The plan is designed using a large central courtyard which is formed around an existing copper beech tree. The entrance to the house is through a solid wall which leads to a fully glazed hallway looking out to the courtyard. This leads to the main living space to the rear of the property, where open plan family areas are connected using changes in the levels of the already sloping site. A sunken kitchen area looks back to the courtyard on one side, and is immediately joined to the rear garden on the other, with a swimming pool running parallel to the main house.
The pool runs flush with the decking at dining room level, and separates the house from the external dining and seating areas, which are accessed via a covered pergola walkway. At first floor level, four bedrooms are formed around the void to the double height ground floor areas, each with views to the courtyard or the main garden. The master bedroom benefits from a covered terrace area which takes in dramatic views of the pool, and stepped landscape beyond.
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