Listed property refurbishment


The brief: Refurbish a damp, dark, poorly laid-out basement flat in a listed building. The clients bought the property knowing they would have to carry out substantial work to bring it up to good habitable standard. They wanted a warm, modern flat they could either live in or rent out.

The property: A flat in the basement of a four-storey listed terraced house with its own access and a rear walled courtyard. The property was last refurbished in the 1970s. The rooms had been partitioned, there was no fixed heating, the damp proofing had failed and almost all the original features had been lost.

The solution: Remove the 1970s partitions, change the internal layout of the flat to simpler more usable rooms, which better reflect the original layout, whilst retaining the flat’s essential character. Renew all windows and doors, lay a new insulated floor, address the damp, provide fixed heating, and install a new bathroom and kitchen.

As it was a listed building, all the proposed work to the interior and the exterior required listed building consent in addition to the usual planning consent, and all work plans were made in close liaison with the conservation team. At the front, the most important elevation, the stone steps, cast-iron railings and other existing features were retained and repaired. The new front window matches the style and pattern of the original and the front door is a new four-panelled timber door.

To the rear the rotten floor-to-ceiling windows were replaced with bi-folding doors, maximising light and usable space in the flat and opening it up to the rear courtyard.

The result:  A modern, light and warm one-bed flat in the centre of Brighton with the luxury of its own secluded outside space.


“We live in a Conservation area and Martin drew up plans for our loft conversion and replacement windows. He dealt with the whole Planning Application and Building Control process on our behalf. He was completely reliable and diligent and a pleasure to do business with. All costs were clearly specified at the outset with no hidden charges. He also recommended a very good builder. We have no hesitation whatsoever in highly recommending Martin. PM & JM, Kemp Town, Brighton

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