Homemade House

Horsham, West Sussex
Client: Private
Scale: 820 m2 8800 sq ft
Contract: Client Self Build

Stage: Pre-site
Sustainable Design: NuPlanet Sustain
Contractor: Client self build
Images: Yelo

A unique architect designed self-build highly sustainable paragraph 79 house near Horsham in West Sussex

This stunning house was given planning permission under the NPPF Paragraph 79 exception case (previously paragraph 55) and is located on the edge of the village of Barns Green, near Horsham in West Sussex.

In order to be approved a paragraph 79 proposal has to demonstrate as being of “exceptional quality” and “…truly outstanding or innovative, reflecting the highest standards in architecture.’

Once consented Yelo Architects were commissioned to develop the construction drawing package for this self-build project, we were chosen to our extensive experience of delivering homes using modern methods of construction – in this case Insulated Concrete Formwork – ICF.

The house is designed to sit within a garden wall that wraps around the house providing a classic English walled garden but due to being on a sloping site it still connects to the surrounding countryside. The house is curved and orientated to maximise the capture of sunlight and has terraces specifically designed for morning, day and evening light.

Externally the house has an aesthetic drawn from local inspiration such as local Horsham bricks and charred timber reminiscent of agricultural typologies. The roof is predominantly a dramatic curve rising from the east towards to the West ending in a large glazed gable with a bespoke designed sun shading screen.

As architects we always like to ensure a house is highly insulated, low energy and exceptionally airtight which is why in this case the ICF system was chosen for its excellent performance.

The internal layout is based on an upside-down house format to maximise the views from the living spaces on the upper floor whereas the lower floor is half buried within the slope providing comfort and warmth to the bedroom level.

The house has been designed around light, so all rooms have lots of glazing and the corridor has been placed away from the main glazed façade and is instead dramatically lit through roof lights within a green roof.

The house is a self-build project and construction has started in Spring 2021.

The ICF System is supplied by ICF Southern

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