A kitchen extension and a loft conversion

Brighton, BN1

The brief: Increase the living area of the house and provide another bedroom with a WC/shower room.

The property: A two-bed, two-storey terraced house. Its location in a conservation area in Brighton meant the work needed to be sensitive to the existing house and the surrounding area.

The solution:  Extend the ground-floor area into the outside space at the side of the existing galley kitchen, opening up the inside of the back of the house to create a combined living, dining, kitchen area flowing from one living space to another.

Roof lights in the extension and glazed doors to the rear open out to the garden and allow light to flow into the living area.

With a staircase spiralling off the first-floor landing the unused loft was turned into a neat bedroom with a WC/shower room. Roof lights on both the front and back roof slopes let light into the new bedroom from the west and east.

The result: A light, spacious house that works superbly as a family home. The client decided to do both jobs at the same time using different builders. It was a hard couple of months for the clients, but the result has made it worthwhile.


“Martin McCurdy designed both our loft extension and our kitchen extension. He was incredibly sensitive and responsive to our brief; he used the space in a way that was beyond our imagination and his handling and advice regarding all matters concerning construction and planning was excellent. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Martin to anyone seeking advice on their own homes.” PC, Seven Dials

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