West Sussex offers homeowners the best of village life and countryside, with easy access to London. Historic market towns, beautiful beaches, rolling hills and proximity to the Eurotunnel give the area a cachet that is hard to find in other parts of the country. The architectural landscape is a mixture of historic, half-timbered villas and modernised 20th-century homes.
Building, rebuilding or expanding a home in West Sussex requires adherence to local building regulations. This takes time and perseverance, but architects in West Sussex or London can help homeowners navigate the process.Scenario Architecture has been successfully piloting their clients through the planning process since we founded our practice more than a decade ago. Our experience for designing and modernising homes with compassion for the local vernacular has helped make Scenario one of the area’s most coveted residential partnerships.
Scenario was founded in 2007 with a passion for overhauling period architecture with striking contemporary design. We put our clients at the forefront of every design to achieve harmonious results – not only to look at but also to live in. A home that respects its past, present and future is the product of creative skill and a deep understanding of the residents. Scenario’s tailor-made homes tell the story of each owner – not about the architects.
Our landmark project Scenario House, shortlisted for the RIBA London Awards in 2018, is demonstrative of our fresh, customised approach and our commitment to the needs of today’s homeowners.
Your West Sussex Project
Starting your West Sussex project
We’ve designed an illustrated synopsis of the planning processes across London and the southeast to help see you through the early stages of your project, whether you’re undertaking a home extension, renovation or new-build.
If you plan to alter a home in West Sussex, you will likely require approval by your local planning department. We at Scenario have a flawless record securing planning permission for our clients, and can help homeowners negotiate with local councils across the southeast.
TipDiscover if your architect has been successful in steering planning applications through your council. Visit you district council’s website, click on “Planning”, go into the search engine for planning applications and type in your agent’s name.
AdviceWe’ve created this guide to help steer you through planning in West Sussex, London and the Southeast. Download it below.
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Working with Scenario Architecture to build a house West Sussex
Your West Sussex Project >> Further Reading
Buying a home in West Sussex means buying into an illustrious history dating back millennia. Abutting the sea and nearly entirely covered in green – more than half the area is protected countryside – it boasts Bronze Age burial grounds, Roman villas, Saxon lore and vestiges of Norman might. But its more recent history can be seen in the half-timbered Tudor-era houses and Georgian mills that dot the region.
Spectacularly undeveloped, West Sussex retains much of its Old World character, yet still sits largely within London’s commuter belt. Living here, a family can enjoy the best of the city while spending weekends at the seaside. Towns like East Grinstead connect to Central London and coastal cities like Brighton, with Gatwick Airport right down the road. They typically offer a mix of pretty, historic cottages and quiet clusters of mid-century homes, with ample properties into which to expand. Further south, towns like Worthing take on a beachy vibe with pastel-coloured Victorian terraces, turn-of-the-century bandstands and busy piers. Chichester, the county seat, revolves around a 12th-century Norman cathedral.
Families that expect to grow can find adequate space with the possibility to expand. Meanwhile commuting to London – whether for work or fun – is never entirely out of the question. Conversely, those who wish to leave London entirely for the allure of the sea can find it in places like surfer’s haven West Wittering.
People are attracted to West Sussex for more than just the clean air, proximity to the city and the lifestyle of farmers’ markets and craft beer. The potential of the existing housing is quite a draw. Just as West Sussex has a foot in the old and modern world, many homes here nod to the past while embracing the contemporary. The local vernacular style takes on a traditional silhouette, yet larger windows mean interiors get more natural light. It is not unusual for architects in West Sussex to build onto the original footprint with wide banks of glazing that give the rear aspect an altogether modern look. A good architect with experience in the region will be able to design around local planning restrictions and ensure the addition is acceptable to council officials.
The rear conservatory is a common home expansion move in West Sussex, but homeowners also choose to build up into loft areas and down into basements. Since the mid-century families have also come to the county to build anew. The area is open to new ideas, shapes, techniques and materials and it’s not unusual to find a striking façade of cross-laminated timber or white stucco among the traditional red brick. If you’re interested in seeing what options you have in the general area, contact architects in West Sussex or visit our Projects database.
Your West Sussex Project >> In our clients words
We wanted to renovate our house in a conservation area in central London. Given this involved a complete demolition and new build with an extra floor on top, getting planning approval was always going to be tricky. Scenario did an amazing job on the new house ‘envelope’ and throughout the planning phase. We couldn’t have wished for better from them and having succeeded in gaining planning approval owe them a very big ‘thank you’.
Scenario designed a kitchen extension for us, and we are delighted with the results. The process was well organised, planned and delivered, and the whole team were a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend them for their design, planning and project management skills.
Worked with these guys on the internal development of our office. From start to finish they were great. They got what we wanted first time and really made working with them very easy. Their aftercare has been great too helping us deal with something that they were not involved with in the first place. Will highly recommend them to anyone.