Architect: John Floydd
This outstanding example of a Mid Century Modern home can be found just a few metres from the beach in Sandgate, Kent.
The 4 / 5 bedroom house has been recently refurbished. Although the refurbishment has been extensive, it remains carefully sympathetic to the original design. Work done includes the addition of a new kitchen and bathroom, upgrading windows and insulation and re-wiring. A new heating system has been installed and the main bathroom has been renovated, keeping the original detailing.
Entry to the house is via a carport that provides one of the building’s most dramatic architectural features. This leads to an entrance hall which, like much of the interior, is timber clad. There is a bedroom on the ground floor as well as a small shower room, utility room and workshop.
A beautifully detailed period staircase leads you to the first floor and a remarkable open plan kitchen / living / dining room. Also on this floor are four bedrooms and a bathroom – all of which retain excellent 1960s features.
There is a steep garden at the rear of the house, which incorporates a paved terrace with wonderful sea views.
The house was completed in 1964 and designed by John Floydd, an architect who is still practicing today. It was widely admired at the time of its construction, appearing in House and Garden magazine and also being viewed favourably by the renowned architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner.
Sandgate is a quiet village next to the larger coastal town of Folkestone. It has a spectacular, secluded beach which is a (very) short walk from the house. Folkestone has recently benefitted from an upgraded train service to London, allowing journey times of just 55 minutes into St. Pancras. With a growing reputation as a cultural destination, Folkestone is the home of the Triennial and the Creative Quarter. There are also impressive plans for the harbour area at Folkestone to be regenerated.
Permission was granted in 2014 to add another storey to the house. Details can be found on the Shepway planning website using reference Y14/0356/SH.
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.
In Sir Nikolaus Pevsner’s celebrated Buildings of England series, the house was idiosyncratically described:
“The freshness of today… Toward the road it rises on slim supports. White, with a naughty patch of red tile-hanging.”
It still draws many admirers to this day and was recently recognised as a building of local interest.