Replacement Harbour front Home
Work is approaching completion for this beautiful, replacement harbour front home. Located in a prominent position on the foreshore of Chichester Harbour – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the house hints at the architectural memory of the original 1920’s property in concert with a more Arts and Crafts aesthetic of the new house.
A Blend of Natural Materials perfectly complement the landscape
We carefully considered the location and its context while siting the new dwelling along with the use of a sensitive palette of materials conducive with its surroundings.
The use of high quality materials – handmade bricks, colour-washed render with natural stone detailing and a tile hung part first floor under a clay roof – all fuse with boarded timber elements picking up on the marine influence of the site.
The front of the house, with its cat slide roof feature provides a welcoming approach to the front door and is balanced by the verticality of the rendered gable.
The rear elevation is more open and nautical in feel, with large windows enjoying uninterrupted views over the harbour. The two projecting full-height elements set under hipped roofs bring the scale of the house down in contrast to the verticality of the gable on the front elevation, ensuring a softer visual profile from the landscape and harbour beyond.
The range of roof heights harmonise with the glorious landscape setting
The mixture of painted render, vertical clay tile hanging and horizontal oak boarding which will weather to a silver grey colour ensures a harmonious and natural appearance, with the neutral tone changing in hue and density with the changing weather and lighting conditions.
The timber framed veranda with modulating posts and brackets is also constructed in the same untreated oak, which will also weather to a silver grey. The open pitched roof gives the feel of light and space while affording protection from the weather elements along this Southern elevation, combine to present a lower scale transition into the garden spaces.
Both the North and South elevations enjoy feature chimneys along their façade, finished in painted render with tiled shoulders at mid-point.
This new house, providing 4,000 square feet of modern living accommodation, not only provides a more appropriate family home for the 21st century, but is a huge visual improvement on the original house creating a new Arts and Crafts jewel for the area.
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