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Sussex Timber-Framed Home Renovation

Harmonious Living with Stunning Views

This exceptional project showcases our expertise in transforming timber-framed homes into modern, light-filled living spaces while preserving their unique character. Our clients purchased this Sussex 'Colt House,' a timber-framed gem, as their forever home. Perched in an elevated position, it offers breathtaking views of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), just a ten-minute drive from East Grinstead, Sussex.

Project Overview

The scope of this comprehensive renovation included:

  • Replacement of the flat ceiling in the main living space with a vaulted design

  • Creation of an open-plan cooking, eating, living, and entertaining area

  • Installation of expansive glass areas to frame stunning views

  • Upgrading mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems to modern standards

  • Enhancing the building's fabric to minimise energy costs

  • Incorporation of external solar shading to prevent overheating

  • Development of extensive decking areas for various physical exercise programmes

  • Terracing the garden down the hill, incorporating retained trees and native landscaping to create private seating areas

Design Approach

Our design strategy focused on maximising natural light and the stunning views of the High Weald AONB while preserving the existing structure and character of the timber-framed home. The vaulted ceiling in the main living space creates a sense of openness and harmony, making it ideal for cooking, dining, and entertaining.

Innovative Features

We incorporated several innovative elements to enhance the property:

  • Expansive glass installations to maximise natural light and frame the views

  • Energy-efficient systems and external solar shading to improve comfort and reduce energy costs

  • Bespoke decking areas designed for physical exercise and outdoor living

  • Native landscaping to blend the garden seamlessly with the natural surroundings

Challenges and Solutions

The main challenge was modernising the timber-framed structure while preserving its unique character and ensuring it harmonised with the surrounding landscape. Our team's creative design solutions and meticulous planning ensured we could achieve our clients' vision without compromising the building's integrity or the natural beauty of the site.

Services Provided

For this Sussex timber-framed home renovation, we offered a comprehensive range of architectural services:

  • Initial concept design and feasibility study

  • Detailed architectural drawings and 3D visualisations

  • Planning application and negotiations with local authorities

  • Building regulations compliance

  • Tender documentation and contractor selection

  • Project management and on-site supervision

  • Interior design consultation


The result is a stunning transformation that has significantly enhanced the living space and functionality of the home while preserving its unique timber-framed character. The once-modest 'Colt House' is now a light-filled, modern home that offers breathtaking views and a seamless connection to the surrounding landscape. This Sussex timber-framed home renovation stands as a testament to our ability to blend modern design with traditional structures, creating homes that are both beautiful and functional.This project exemplifies our commitment to transforming homes with innovative designs that enhance both functionality and beauty. It showcases how thoughtful architectural intervention can breathe new life into timber-framed properties, creating harmonious living spaces that celebrate their natural surroundings.

James Williamson Architects is committed to transforming homes with innovative designs that enhance both functionality and beauty. Contact us to learn how we can help bring your vision to life.

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