Designed by architect Carl Leroy Smith, Fair Rising makes the most of a beautiful location on the edge of the South Downs National Park.

The front elevation features full height glazed facades which rise into the distinctive double pitched roof. The windows bring maximum light – and beautiful views – into living and dining areas, and into first floor bedrooms which also feature VELFAC glazed sliding doors opening onto balconies. At the rear, an impressive, full-width bi-fold door links the kitchen to a courtyard paved with local stone, with an additional balcony above. Both internal timber and external aluminium frames have been painted black which gives greater emphasis to the internal frame while externally the black frame blends into the glass façade.

Given the generous use of glass the impact of unwanted solar gain has been actively mitigated by the specification of manually opening VELFAC units, motorised VELUX roof windows, and an MHVR system which together maintain good air circulation. The glazing is also set back 1200mm into the façade to gain extra shade from the extended timber-framed eaves and walls, and also from the first floor balconies.

Working with Composite Windows UK experts, thermal targets and building regulations were met with a combination of triple and double glazed units both of which are Secured by Design approved and offer excellent U-values. As a result, heating bills are low, despite the vaulted ceilings, and acoustic insulation is very impressive.

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