Out with the old and in with the new – that is the theme of our latest homify 360° highlight, which takes a look at a new-build house and garden that replaces a dilapidated light industrial unit, located in the conservation area of Lewes.
BBM Sustainable Design Limited from Cooksbridge, East Sussex is the professional team in charge of this discovery: a 150 m² two-storey dwelling that contains three bedrooms and provides a substantial living space. The dwelling is entered at ground-floor level on to a generous entrance hall with a feature wrap-over eaves roof light.
That takes care of the beauty part, but what about the brains? Well, Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) and Photovoltaic technologies along with a highly insulated building fabric and underfloor heating were chosen to help lower the energy bills and create a very energy-efficient dwelling.
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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; 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.
The L-shaped kitchen/living/dining area is accessed by way of a glazed door coming off the entrance hall, as well as a space for a water closet and utilities room. Bi-fold glazed doors wrap around the south west corner of the ground floor, beautifully 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 en-suite and walk-in wardrobe, as well as two additional bedrooms and a family bathroom. There is also a small loft storage space.
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Special care was taken during the demolishing of the previous 140 m² 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.
Let’s take in a few more detailed shots of this stunning structure.