Guilfoyle Construction Ltd

Guilfoyle Construction Ltd, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0NA


The Mill,
Ides Common,
West Sussex,
PO18 0NA


Tel: 01243814728
Mobile: 07881825519

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Joined: 29/10/2013


Guilfoyle Construction is an award winning, family owned company founded in 2002.

A property development and construction business, specialising in the design and construction of beautiful homes for discerning clients. Over 19 years of experience in new build, barn conversions and listed buildings in and around the South Downs National Park.

Testimonials (1 testimonials)

Award winning 2017 new home: traditionally built farmhouse


When we purchased the old house in 2004, we had a dream of creating a new Lowerfield that would enhance its Georgian conservation area setting, as if an 18th century Master Builder had been given the knowledge, tools and budget to deliver his creation again in style and delightful detail but using modern methods of design and construction. For years we struggled to find the right solution, matching ideas to high quality but cost effective reality, until we saw another house built by Guilfoyle Construction. The owners there had been given not just what they thought they wanted but, with Guilfoyle Construction’s vision and advice, something much better. So that was our challenge, which John and his team of local craftsmen accepted and delivered in the most collaborative and enjoyable way possible. We knew only that we wanted a perfectly proportioned Georgian house, substantial and pleasing to the eye outside, full of light and space inside, respecting and enjoying its special relationship with the garden and surrounding views. We got all of that and much more. A beautifully finished, warm, healthily ventilated, easily controllable house which, for all its imposing appearance outside, appears to grow again when you step inside. The atrium, staircase and landings flow easily together, every room leads your eye back outside. This is a house confidently at one with its garden setting, where residents and visitors enjoy the best of both simultaneously.

Case Studies

Barn Conversion


We converted the redundant farmstead in 2002, enhancing the approved application with the addition of a kitchen extension and widening the link building to allow a better ground floor layout and bedroom accommodation above. By taking a sympathetic, consultative approach, planning permission was gained and construction started.

There were many challenges to overcome:

The stable building, dating back to the mid 1800’s, had been built with no foundations. We should wonder why we make such a fuss today if it has lasted 170 years. Unfortunately, one wall was falling into the road, two other elevations had severe rotational cracking. A buttress had been built to stop the rotational movement but this was now failing. The building had a modern pitched roof and recent concrete floor. We had to take the building back to four walls and underpin those. We repaired the failing buttress on the wall that was falling into the road; we then cut out the stone on the other end of the wall and used it to create a complimenting buttress. The whole building was repointed in lime mortar.

The Granary building was the oldest of all the buildings on-site and still had its original first floor and roof. Although the structure was in a very poor state, it was possible, using best practice, to restore the floor and roof. Some 45% of the common rafters had to be replaced and 25% repaired. This was interesting because, as the jack rafters became shorter, the section in width and depth changed at the top and bottom of each rafter, the longer rafters having the larger section. This was done to maximise the use of timber, each rafter optimised in section to the load it would carry. Truly remarkable craftsmanship from the sawyer and carpenters that would explain why this roof had lasted so well despite the neglect in more recent times.

We have since returned to construct a new garage building, driveway and the most beautiful oak framed sunroom which gained planning permission on appeal.

New build, Arts & Crafts inspired, rural home near Horsham


As part of a larger seven acre site which we acquired for our client, and sitting on a prominent brow in the small hamlet of Brooks Green, West Sussex, the site was previously used as a commercial dog kennels, containing a number of associated low-grade buildings. Purchased in 2015 with planning permission for a new build 3100 sq.ft. chalet bungalow, our client required us to maximise their return on the site.

Walking the site with the approved plans, it was felt that, to really make the most of the magnificent setting, the house needed to be both bigger and re-sited centrally into on its plot. In order to reduce visual impact on the landscape views from the south, the house was orientated end-on and nestled into the slope.

It was felt that a traditionally styled, Art’s & Craft’s house would be befitting of the site. The layout was formulated to maximise the room sizes whilst emphasising North to South & East to West sightlines through the ground floor. Large, steeply sloping tiled roofs interspersed with leaded dormers & varying eaves heights, drop down to a delightful loggia and porches, perfect for summer shading and taking full advantage of its commanding position. With a materials palette of rich red brickwork with contrasting details and Sussex sandstone column bases, clay vertical tile-hanging, leaded light timber windows, this is a beautifully crafted house.

With far reaching views to the south and the west, the principle reception rooms have large bi-folding doors providing unrestricted access to the gardens which were beautifully designed and landscaped. In total, the house and garaging measures approximately 6000 sq.ft.

Award winning 2017 new home: traditionally built farmhouse


This stone fronted farmhouse is built using traditional principles and materials to enhance its conservation area setting. The client’s brief was for a substantial and perfectly proportioned Georgian house, full of light and with a perception of space, respecting and enjoying its special relationship with the garden and surrounding views.

Externally, careful consideration to the detail of each elevation, using Palladian principles and traditional materials, was critical. Internally, to enable the perception of space, a large skylight was installed above the staircase, flooding all floors with light and improving ventilation and heat recovery within the building. Triple aspect to the master bedroom and kitchen and double aspect to all other bedrooms, ensured connection to the beautiful gardens.

Underfloor heating, mechanical ventilation and extremely high level of insulation were required to provide a balanced, warm and well ventilated environment.

The close working relationship between the two parties ensured that every aspect of the build was considered and carefully detailed to the client's exacting requirements.

For more information, please refer to the Testimonial Section.

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