This highly sustainable country house is set on the edge of the South Downs National Park. The client's wish was to build a high-quality home that is luxurious, and yet also healthy and environmentally friendly. The owner found the perfect site in a secluded, south-facing spot on a hilltop in Lewes.

Fact sheet

Roof shape
Mono pitch roof
Timber and render
Dimensions in m
28.65 x 6.33
Gross External Area in ft² (incl. basement if present)

Protect the environment and reduce energy costs

CEO Baufritz (UK) Ltd.

Oliver Rehm

"Skyhouse is more than carbon neutral. Unusually for any building in the UK it feeds more energy to the national grid than it consumes. This is evidenced by its A+ Energy Performance Certificate rating of 104. The house is powered by a highly efficient wood pellet biomass boiler and 32 solar panels – the latter a key feature of the garden. Harvested rainwater is used where possible to service WCs, laundry and garden irrigation, amongst an array of additional sustainable technologies that can be found throughout the house. These include a mechanical heat recovery ventilation system, Baufritz's patented insulation and flicker free LED lighting."

Floor plans

Ground Floor

First Floor