Talbot Terrace, Lewes
This project involved the extension and refurbishment of a Late Victorian terraced house on Talbot Terrace in Lewes, East Sussex.
Our brief was to extend to the side of the rear outrigger to create an open plan kitchen and dining space for their family. The client wanted a modern yet traditional interior with warm tones, natural texture and rich colours.
Our client wanted to retain the separate reception room at the front of the house for use as an evening snug to watch films. However keeping these rooms separate presented future access difficulties because the rooms were entered off a narrow hallway.
To resolve this a hidden panel system was incorporated within the wall cladding separating the two rooms. The panel could be easily removed and provide a 1.5m wide opening.
We were appointed to manage the process from design through to completion.
These small side extensions are surprisingly challenging. This one is located in Lewes Conservation Area, within a flood zone and with public sewers running across the site. The extension is built up to the boundary so there were also party wall agreements to arrange. Careful pre-construction planning ensures this is all taken care of in advance of starting on site
We also undertook a cost planning exercise early in the design process. This ensured that our tender information could be accurately prepared in line with the clients budget.
All tenders came back within 5% of the cost plan meaning there were no changes needed and we could swiftly move into the construction stage.