Highlands Road | Horsham, West Sussex
Contemporary low-energy reimagining of an Arts and Crafts style house
This detached 4-bedroom family home in the market town of Horsham takes inspiration from the Arts and Crafts style of architecture while adding a contemporary twist and sustainable low-energy features. It replaces a dwelling and and small outbuildings which previously occupied the site and are no longer fit for purpose.
The house comprises three split-level floors, with the open-plan living/kitchen/dining room, utility room and TV room on the garden floor, bedrooms and bathrooms on the first floor and a home office on the second floor. As the office is in the roof space with dormers, from the street the house appears smaller than it actually is, respecting the scale of the neighbouring properties. The design uses a palette of natural and traditional materials such as brickwork, clay tiles, zinc and timber frames.
Living space and bedrooms are placed on the southern side to maximise passive solar gain, reducing energy demand and flooding the most-used rooms with natural light. Levels of insulation and air-tightness are well above building regulation standards, further reducing energy demand. Solar thermal panels on the roof contribute to the hot water demand and a wood-burner provides carbon-neutral secondary heating and a cosy ambiance.
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