The new house is located beside an existing lake and the ground floor living space opens onto an external deck that extends to the lake and a new boat house. The concrete frame building includes a part-basement area that will house plant and storage – the choice of construction material reflecting the desire to maximise flexibility for future uses, as well as exploit the thermal properties associated with concrete.
The dating of the mid-18th century Sussex barn is based on date stamps found on a number of members of its oak frame, and on the types of timber connection configurations that can be seen. Its structure consists of ten equally-spaced trussed frames supporting the clay tile roof cladding. Its walls are clad in timber slats.