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CDMS unwraps West Sussex house

[First look + plans + project data] Brighton-based CDMS Partners has completed this £730,000 private house project in Thakeham, West Sussex

The two-storey, 343m² scheme features four bedrooms, a large kitchen dining room and a first floor terrace.

CDMS Partners' private house project in Thakeham, West Sussex. Image by James French

CDMS Partners’ private house project in Thakeham, West Sussex. Image by James French

The architect’s view


Designed for a stunning elevated site in West Sussex, this replacement dwelling takes in far reaching views of the South Downs National Park.

Planning consent was achieve in 2009 for the original home to be demolished and make way for this beautiful contemporary house which includes five bedrooms, a study, workshop, open-plan living area and kitchen for a private client.

Chris Scarr of CDMS Partners Architects + Interiors explains, ‘The brief for the house was to feature large open plan living spaces, clear uninterrupted views of the beautiful surrounding landscape and incorporate sustainable design measures throughout. This was achieved with the crisp, carefully composed cubic arrangement subtly influenced by a geometry which addresses the best vistas to the south west.’

Key studies where undertaken to assess the visual impact of the proposals from strategic vantage points in the surrounding area up to three miles away.  Wherever possible, locally sourced materials have been specified ranging from a flint feature wall through to locally coppiced sweet chestnut screens and partial cladding.

Construction works on site completed in Autumn 2011.


Project data

Architects: CDMS Partners
Location: Thakeham, Storrington, West Sussex
Type Of Project: Private Residential
Structural Engineers: Gyoury Self Partnership
Project Architect: Chris Scarr / Mark Camillin
Client: Private
Funding: Privately Funded
Tender date: August 2009
Start on site date: September 2010
Contract duration: 13 months (October 2011)
Gross internal floor area: 343m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: Competitive Tender and JCT IW05 Contract
Total cost: £730,000
M&e consultant: Synergy Consulting Engineers
Quantity surveyor: Robinson Low Francis
Planning supervisor: N/A
Lighting consultant: N/A
Main contractor: Cheesmur Building Contractors
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Other credit – Photography:  James French
Annual co2 emissions: Data unavailable currently

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