I have recently been appointed to design a first floor extension and external staircase for an old reading room in Chailey, East Sussex.
The building was built in 1901 and originally used as the local village reading room and library. In its modern day form it is a family home and retains many wonderful features such as a clay tiled gable roof, large oak trusses, brickwork buttresses and gable end chimneys.
The design will provide three bedrooms, a shower room, reading area and new staircase; it is to be modern yet sympathetic to the existing building, conserving and expressing its original features.
The scheme is due to be submitted for planning at the end of July.