Always nice to see a well-designed house with the minimum of modernisation, which is what you get with this 1960s Aage & Carol Moller-designed Scandinavian-style property in Plummers Plain, West Sussex.
Single-storey modernism dating back to 1968, the work of Danish architect Aage Moller alongside his wife Carol (a landscape architect) and built for the two and their family for life and work.
A great spot too. According to the agent, the house can be found in an area of ‘ancient West Sussex woodland’ in Plummers Plain, which is around five miles south east of Horsham.
It looks pretty much untouched, to the point where it might need some updating for the modern-era family. Hopefully not too much though. Yes, the kitchen and bathroom could be showing their age a little, but the rest of the house is constructed using quality materials (see the listing for details of those) that have stood the test of time, while the beams and exposed brick and add so much character to this place.
Clever design too. As we said, everything on the single floor, which is down to the architects wanting every room to have a ‘direct relationship’ with the garden. Plenty of glazing too, which means you get the views, as well as the natural light, with the overhanging eaves of the roof shading things a little in the summer months.
As for the layout, an entrance hall leads directly to the main living room which is open plan to the dining area and has an open fireplace as a central feature. Beyond a sliding door from the dining space is access to the garden.
Go beyond that space and you’ll encounter three bedrooms and a bathroom or head the other way you get direct access into the kitchen and utility area, with a back door leading to a small covered terrace.
That’s not quite all, as the house also has ‘a suite of rooms’ originally designed for a guest. So a further bedroom an additional living area (possibly another bedroom) and a second bathroom, again with sliding glass door access to the garden.
Outside was important, as you can imagine with a landscape architect on the team. At the front of the house is a ‘semi enclosed’ courtyard made up of York paving stones from a previous property, along with a double car port and a room which was formerly the office of the on-site architectural practice.
The garden itself covers around 1.2 acres and is made up of lawn interspersed with planting, the work of Carol Moller. Woodland also makes up a good part of the outside space.
Overall, a wonderful piece of Scandinavian design in the UK and one that still has so much originality going for it. If it appeals, the house is up for £795,000.
Images and details courtesy of The Modern House. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit their website.