The client purchased a rundown 1940s redundant workshop once used by the Electricity Board in the Sussex village of Turners Hill, with the intention of demolishing the existing structure and building a self-build home.
The restricted plot, sloped significantly towards a small road, dictating the width and design of the new self-build home. The decision was made to reduce the levels of the land to create additional space and maximise the plot. This lowered the ridge line to the neighbouring properties enabling the planners to grant the approval for construction of a house instead of a bungalow.
The existing bungalow was less than half the size of the proposed house, and it took three months before the planners finally approved Mr Lani’s design and proposed materials. Benjamin Allen Bespoke Homes then commenced with the demolition of the existing structure and safe removal of the old hand made clay tiles ready for re-use on the proposed roof.
Once the previous building was demolished it allowed Benjamin Allen Bespoke Homes to prepare the footings, retaining walls and drainage, with extra deep foundations constructed beneath what is now the patio to compensate for the slope of the site.
The ground floor is block and beam construction, with 75mm of Celetex insulation topped off with reinforced floor screed. The timber frame was constructed from the block and beam floor with the new Oak truss porch being suspended from the front elevation of the timber frame.
The sloping nature of the site has also dictated some of the room layouts. The entrance was adjacent to the road with the garage and lounge located on the side elevation. The kitchen/ breakfast room was positioned to the rear of the house to maximise the infiltration of light. Mr Lani decided that the separate lounge and dining room should provide more formal areas intended for adult use.
“Building your own home gives you a great sense of achievement and pride, knowing your design will be around for a lasting time. It’s such a rewarding experience and I’m sure this won’t be my last timber frame self-build”.