Loft Conversion & Rear Extension Renovation | Brighton & Hove

The Brief:

The primary goal of this Architectural project was to design and construct a contemporary loft and rear extension for a private residence in Brighton. The vision was to incorporate modern materials and aesthetics, while highlighting exposed beams for added character.

The Brief


The objective of this project was to expand and transform the existing kitchen, creating a contemporary open-concept living area that would seamlessly integrate with the rest of the home. This would provide the homeowners with a functional and inviting space for both everyday living and entertaining guests.

One of the main challenges faced during the project was to expose all steelwork within the loft by employing cranked beams, which would effectively bypass the chimney breast. This approach was necessary to maintain the structural integrity of the space while ensuring that the design remained cohesive and visually appealing.
Client Priorities:
The client expressed several key priorities for the project, including the creation of a spacious open-concept kitchen and dining area, an emphasis on natural light and openness, and the use of plywood as an internal finish for the walls, adding warmth and texture to the space.

The Outcome:

The completed design successfully provided the family home with a modern open-plan kitchen and dining area that met the client’s priorities and vision. Furthermore, the design introduced a unique open-concept space in the loft, which enhanced the overall functionality and aesthetics of the residence.
Key Features:
The project showcased several notable features, including the effective utilisation of additional space, glass-fronted bifold doors that connected the kitchen to the outdoors, and a contemporary design approach that greatly improved the visual appeal of the loft space. The incorporation of modern materials, such as plywood for the internal wall finishes, and the use of exposed beams throughout the design further contributed to the overall success of the project. By addressing and overcoming the challenges and client priorities, this Architectural endeavor resulted in a stunning and functional and stylish living space that exceeded the client’s expectations.

The project showcased the Architectural team’s ability to harmoniously blend contemporary design elements with the existing structure, creating a seamless transition between the old and new sections of the home. The spacious open-concept kitchen and dining area became the heart of the residence, promoting social interactions and providing an ideal space for family gatherings and entertaining.
Natural light played a significant role in the design, with an abundance of windows and the strategic use of glass-fronted bifold doors, which allowed sunlight to flood the space and created a seamless connection between the interior and exterior. The open-concept loft area took full advantage of the building’s structure and height, offering an airy and light-filled space for relaxation or creative pursuits.

The use of plywood as an internal finish for the walls not only fulfilled the client’s request but also added a sense of warmth and natural texture to the space. The exposed beams, a key element of the design, provided an intriguing visual feature and a nod to the building’s original construction, while maintaining a contemporary feel.

In Conclusion:

This project successfully delivered a stunning and functional living space that met and surpassed the client’s brief and priorities. The Architectural team’s expertise in blending contemporary design with the existing structure, addressing challenges, and incorporating key design features resulted in a beautiful and inviting family home that will be enjoyed for years to come.


Our expertise in Architectural Design extends beyond the aesthetics of this project. As part of our comprehensive approach, we offer services to design a house plan tailored to your unique requirements.

Our Architectural Design process involves the creation of detailed Architectural Design drawings, which meticulously capture every aspect of your dream home. We also navigate the complexities of building regulation plans, ensuring that our designs adhere to both building regulations and planning permission guidelines.

By incorporating innovative Architectural ideas and working closely with you to draw a house design that reflects your vision, we strive to make the planning and design process as seamless and enjoyable as possible. Our commitment to excellence ensures that you receive a bespoke, high-quality living space that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations.


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At Shear Architectural Design, we offer a range of services to help you bring your vision to life:

We assist with gaining planning permission and building regulations, ensuring that your project meets all necessary requirements.

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