When an architect designs a property for his or her own use, they always seem to put a little extra into those places. Rather like this L R Barlow-designed five-bedroomed house in Haywards Heath, Sussex.
It was indeed designed by the architect L R Barlow in 1963 as his main residence in a midcentury modern style, glass used heavily for the front and back elevations, the aim being to provide ‘tranquillity’ after a busy day at work.
The exterior is still very much as it would have looked in the early ’60s. To be honest, the inside isn’t too much different either, although it has been sympathetically updated and modernised over the years. The windows, doors and flooring all look original though, as does the staircase and some of the light fittings.
According to the agent, the house is designed ‘with the family in mind’, offering a bright entrance hall leading to a lounge/dining room, modern kitchen/breakfast room with a utility room to the side and a study room. Elsewhere on the ground floor there is an annexe comprising of a studio room with kitchenette and a separate shower room.
On the first floor there is a master bedroom with en-suite dressing room and bathroom. There are four further bedrooms and a family bathroom. The bedrooms on the rear elevation also have access to the balcony terrace. Gardens outside, as well as a double garage with a large driveway to the front.
If you want it, the price is £700,000.