Priory Barn


Project: New build house and garden to replace a dilapidated light industrial unit, located in the conservation area of Lewes.

Client: Private

Architect: BBM Sustainable Design Ltd

Structural Engineer: IE Engineers

Interior Designer: Chalkspace

Landscaping: BBM Sustainable Design Ltd

Contractor: Brian Huntly Builder Ltd

Construction Value: £330k

Total Floor Area: 150m2

This new 150m2 two-storey dwelling contains three bedrooms and provides a substantial living space for the clients. The dwelling is entered at ground floor level on to a generous entrance hall with a feature wrap over eaves roof light. The ‘L shaped” kitchen/living/dining area is accessed by way of a glazed door coming off the entrance hall as is a ground for w.c. and utilities room. Bi-fold glazed doors wrap around the south west corner of the ground floor opening up the kitchen living space to the garden.

The main stair to the first floor is accessed via the entrance hall and is situated on the centre of the plan. The first floor hall provides access to a master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in-wardrobe and two further bedrooms and a family bathroom. There is also a small loft storage space.

Special care was taken during the demolishing of the previous 140m2 single storey structure to ensure the existing boundary walls were retained. The footprint was pulled back from the rear boundary to create a garden area. The east boundary remains tight to the boundary wall.

Following local planning legislation a brise soleil was introduced to facilitate privacy for the neighbouring land. Sight lines required us to block a view of the immediate demise. The brise soleil also provides shading for the south end of the garden.

The exterior of the building combines two different finishes, the gable ends are cavity wall construction and finished with a mix of bricks blended to providing a rustic yet contemporary finish. Whereas the south and north elevations have been clad in cedar boards. The roof has been finished in slate to reflect the surrounding buildings. A 3kw array of PV has been inset into the roof surface for domestic power generation.

Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) and Photovoltaic technologies along with a highly insulated building fabric and under floor heating were chosen to help lower the energy bills and create a very energy efficient dwelling.

Interiors, Residential