The upside down house is a detached property in the rural village of Balcombe, West Sussex. The project involved the remodelling of the entire interior, a new extension to the front of the house and a large balcony to the rear. The roof was also re-clad, all the walls were rendered and new windows installed throughout.
The house is situated on a steep slope, appearing as a single storey dwelling from road level and double storey from the rear garden. The updated ground floor now includes a large entrance hall, kitchen, living/dining room, study, utility and new guest suite. The lower ground floor has 4 bedrooms, family bathroom and master en-suite with walk-in-wardrobe.
The new internal layouts retain the essence of the original building combined with a more open-plan setting to cater for the clients’ more contemporary lifestyle. The fixtures, fittings and finishes used in all rooms aim to modernise the interior but still create a homely environment for the owners and their family.
Using delicate timber elements to articulate the front elevation, the new building adds a modern, yet sensitive structure to the rural village and has already become popular with the local residents.