Harman's Orchard

  • client
  • Private Client
  • contract value
  • £2,000,000
  • date
  • 2015
  • sector
  • Private Residential
  • location
  • East Sussex
  • contact
  • Neil Davies

Harman’s Orchard lies within the North Kent Downs area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) just outside the grounds of Chartwell. Designed over three levels, the building’s appearance belies its modern efficiency. Constructed using a hybrid timber frame system perched above an infilled polystyrene block (ICF) basement. The timber frame is infilled with recycled newspaper and fully encapsulated to provide a breathable shell that achieves very high air tightness ratings.

With the addition of high specification, sustainably sourced timber windows and solar thermal panels, the house achieves a low-energy standard equivalent to Passivhaus, exceeding Code for Sustainable Homes Code 5. The timber frame is clad in coursed sandstone sourced from Lambs Quarry in East Sussex and is capped with rouge clay tiles. Oak and glass balconies across the south elevation afford breath-taking views and sun-soaked amenity space. External landscaping, designed and completed by Kent Gardens, embeds this family house within the landscape.