Hove, East Sussex
Shortlisted for Manser Medal and RIBA Award Winner
Winner of Daily Telegraph Best Eco-House Award
Construction Time: Twelve Months
Completion Date: Autumn 2004
Gross Floor Area: Originally: 176m2. New House: 277m2
Contract Value: £250K
Build Rate: £900/m2 + VAT
‘U’ Values: Roof – 0.20W/m2K. Walls – 0.26W/m2K. Floors – 0.20W/m2K.
Main Contractor: Chalmers & Co.
The brief for this private house required the radical remodeling and extension of a detached 1950’s villa that includes a new design studio, rear and roof extensions to the original house. The client, an interior designer, artist and furniture designer, worked in close collaboration with the architect on the project. The house is an exemplar of specification in terms of environmentally benign materials including jute + recycled newspaper insulation, clay plasters, organic paints and locally produced sweet chestnut cladding. Under floor heating is used with exposed screed floors and solar panels.