Kidds Acre Farm | Wivelsfield, East Sussex
6-bedroom detached sustainable home on a rural site
This generously sized 6-bedroom home is a contemporary reimagining of a traditional barn-style farmhouse, borrowing its long narrow form from the barn which previously occupied the rural site. The building envelope is extremely air-tight, which reduces energy demand, along with the extensive use of passive solar and roof lights to provide ample daylighting. It also has solar thermal panels and a biomass boiler to generate clean energy for heating and hot water.
The main feature of the design is the double-height living space with huge skylight and mezzanine with balcony above. This expansive space gives the whole home a fresh and spacious feeling, enhanced by the double row of skylights all along the first floor. The ground floor is divided into two sections, with the grandma-annex having its own entrance. The exterior of the property has timber cladding, helping it blend into the natural landscape, and a steel roof.