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Turner House

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Project Description

Turner House is a detached house on a good-sized plot, conveniently sited in Cuckfield. The existing building was designed and built in the 1930s by the distinguished 20th Century architect, Harold Turner. The house is a good example of Turner’s design and as such the development is clearly focused and sympathetic to the vernacular style. The house is not listed and sits outside the local conservation area.

The client brief was for an energy-efficient extension to the property to accommodate a growing family, updating the existing envelope as far as possible to incorporate renewable energy sources of heat and power, and water. As domestic buildings account for around 50% of energy use in the built environment, this proposal demonstrates how we can sensitively improve the efficiency of the older building stock in order to make a significant impact on reducing emissions and preserving water supplies.

The concept for this house was to let the original Turner House sing out clearly with the extension set back from the original facade but echoing the original building. The extension provided a new kitchen, utility, bedroom, and bathroom with a great connection with the garden. The lighter colour of brick, along with nearly identical window patterns, frames, and roof carefully complemented the existing building, and enhanced the similar style, whilst looking refreshed.

Ecotectures were commissioned to energy-efficiently extend this 1930’s house, while retaining and complementing the existing building.

For this project we have completed the RIBA Stages 1-4.

Stage 1 - Preparation & Brief

Stage 2 - Concept Design

Stage 3 - Spatial Coordination

Stage 4 - Technical Design

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