It has been updated, but this 1930s P.D. Hepworth modern house in East Grinstead, West Sussex is still a house of note.
The house dates back to 1933, designed by noted architect P.D. Hepworth. Hepworth was a British architect, but one who studied in both the UK and France, specifically at the Architectural Association School of Architecture and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
That’s quite important as it perhaps explains the look of this one, which has an ‘international’ look compared to other significant builds of the day.
It was significant too, with the house warranting a 6-page feature in the June 1937 issue of ‘The Ideal Home’. It is still an important house today, although it has changed since the 1930s.
The current owners have both extended and updated the house. The extension looks to be in keeping with the main house, but the interior is radically different from the one you would have seen several decades back.
I would go as far to say that this is pretty much a contemporary house inside, albeit one that benefits from the shell of a period property. So windows, doors, railings and radiators in keeping with the 1930s. But the finishes and details largely of the modern era.
Obviously some of that is because part of the house is modern and areas like the kitchen and bathrooms unmistakably 21st century. But away from that, there is nothing stopping you going down more of a 1930s route with furnishings and details if you want to. At the end of the day, this is something of a blank canvas.
It is also a substantial property too, set in a good amount of grounds. A lovely terrace area to look out over the land as well.
Head in through the double entrance doors and into the hall, complete with a staircase with chrome balustrading and a cloakroom with WC.
Beyond that is the large kitchen/breakfast room with a large window overlooking the grounds. This room leads to a dining room with double doors to verandah, a triple-aspect sitting room with feature fireplace and door to a loggia and verandah plus a triple-aspect music room/study and a cellar.
Upstairs is the master bedroom with doors to a large roof terrace and a shower room along with a family bathroom, two further bedrooms and a fourth bedroom with access to a large roof terrace. A landing area also has integrated bookshelves.
Note also that the house has solar energy panels plus Crittall-style windows that have been double glazed.
Finally, the outside space includes a garage complex, a separate room used as a gym, a summer house, shed and greenhouse and the gardens themselves, which cover something like 1.3 acres.
Fancy it? This one is up for £1,575,000.
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