BBM Sustainable Design were appointed to design a new low energy family home, an area we specialise in. We took real pleasure in working with our clients who have a keen interest in architecture, cutting edge design and the ambition to implement new technologies. The contemporary new-build house replaces a subsidence-ridden dilapidated bungalow which previously stood on the site. In addition to low energy performance the house also had to work aesthetically within a tricky suburban context of unusually high prominence within the historic town of Lewes in East Sussex.
The new dwelling is wrapped in cedar gap boarding on the West, South and East elevations, with the North elevation and North-facing pitch clad in dark rivened slate. Our intention was to create a home that made best use of the steep topography of the southfacing site, while creating an affordable low carbon contemporary home for a family of an unusually long south-facing view across neighbouring gardens. The southern aspect also allowed us to exploit useful solar gain whilst creating sheltered environments as well as links with the landscape.