Orchard House

About This Project


Location: Set just off the green in Ringmer, Sussex, this unique building came about when the owners of the existing Victorian house divided their rear garden in half, allowing development for a new dwelling on a generous quarter acre plot.


Design: Adapting the original scheme by Liam Russell Architects our design included separating the plot with a new high wall in natural clay brick to match the existing house. This allowed the inclusion of a garage and store / workshop completely unseen from the original house.

The new house is oriented South and has a large overhang at the front to take advantage of free solar heating when the sun is lower in the sky and to shade the house from the hot summer sun.

Built on a single storey, while providing generous accommodation, the building is not visible from the road and has very little impact on neighbouring houses.


Construction: Work commenced in March 2010 and was completed in March 2011, with the new owners moving in two months later.