Project: New Rear Extension
Contract Sum / Type: £80,877.29 excl vat / JCT Minor Works
Engineer: The Harris Consultancy
Contractor: Press & Banks
The Client wanted a garden room of an unothodox design to reflect the proximity of the castle, the site being at the bottom of Brack Mount.
A drum like form was chosen as being appropriate to the genius loci of the area and continuous clerestorey lighting helps to capitalise on the views towards Brack Mount. Flint and brick reflect the local vernacular and compliment the form, surmounted by a copper clad, felted roof. Exposed steelwork helps to eccentuate the circular form, which gives a feeling of spaciousness and of being larger than it actually is. The garden room gives out onto a small forecourt with a curved glass canopy over. A small lobby, orthoganal in plan, links the garden room with the existing house, as well as serving as the rear entrance. Careful selection of external and internal finishes and colours, were used to enhance the ethereal effect.
During construction, Lewes Archaelogical Group found evidence of Medieval pottery as the footings were being excavated, which added further interest to this project.