Open: Satuday 22 & Sunday 23 September
11am-1pm & 2-4pm
Sparrow House, Nevill, Lewes BN7 1DP
Duncan and Katie saw the potential in this piece of land, where previous owners had struggled and failed to get permission for an acceptable dwelling after 15 years trying. Duncan’s eventual design involved very clever use of space in a restricted plot, with a private and bright central patio, which brings in daylight and links up the internal and external areas. The building is timber framed, using UK sourced and reclaimed imbers, and is plastered in natural clay finishes for a healthy breathing structure. High levels of natural insulation, chiefly sheep’s wool, ensure CO2 emissions are exceptionally low at around 60% below the norm. The building was completed at a surprisingly modest build cost and went on to win the 2004 RIBA Ibstock Downland prize.