QUEEN’S WELL, RYE
|Client:||Mr & Mrs Farrow|
OSG Architecture were approached by Mr & Mrs Farrow who had recently purchased a timber framed 'Colt' house located in Rye. Whilst the client was very happy with the location of the site, they felt that the building did not meet their needs.
We undertook a process of design development in very close discussion with the clients in order to try and realise their aspirations. We have now arrived at a scheme that works with the site topography. It is arranged over three floors but has a tiered design so that the dwelling steps up the site from east to west. The internal space has been completely reconfigured to provide a large open-plan central living space that looks out over a terrace, towards the historic centre of Rye.
During the process, we arrived at a proposal that involves the demolition of most of the existing dwelling and the reconstruction of a new house. This works for economic reasons as there is no VAT payable on new-build houses. It will also make the structural approach to the project simpler.
The clients have elected to build the new house from pre-fabricated timber structural insulated panels (SIPs), which will be reasonably lightweight, ensure the construction period is short, and reduce the number of trades required on site. The SIPs will also create an airtight building with high thermal values and a low energy demand footprint, something the client was very keen to achieve.
Planning approval was granted from the first application, although bats had frequented the loft space, due to be demolished as part of the project. We identified a specialist company, K.B Ecology, which surveyed the property and produced the necessary reports to permit planning approval to be granted. (The ongoing project will need to follow recommended conservation measures.)