Creek House is a partly Art Deco building, with some late 1970s additions, set in some 2 acres of garden in the village of Barton on Sea in the New Forest. The house was considerably run down and in need of complete renovation. The owner invested £100,000 in basic improvements but after three years of marketing the property as a single dwelling, it became apparent that it was simply too large for one family and in addition to the considerable annual running costs it required substantial refurbishment.
Following extensive pre-application consultations with the local authority an application for the conversion and redevelopment of the property was submitted. The design took account of the pre-application advice and prevailing planning policies whilst having regard to the heritage quality of the Art Deco style. Permission was granted for the conversion of the house into four dwellings. It retains the principal structure and key fenestration elements that define the building’s character. Additional roof pavilions introduced to the east and west wings of the property provide views across the common to the sea beyond. Two new family houses were constructed in the grounds behind the main building. Designed to reflect the Art Deco style, they stand in their own spacious plots.