Architect: MELOY architects
Structural Consultant: Reaction Engineers
Taps: Hans Grohe Axor
Sanitary Ware: Bradley’s (Duravit)
Iroko Decking: Wenban Smith
Kitchen Stainless work: Random Products
Sliding glazing: Visiglide
Kitchen tap: Abode
Kitchen doors: Spray centre
Copyright © Meloy Architects Ltd, Brighton, East Sussex
Hanover house - Brighton & Hove, UK
Located in the Hanover area of Brighton, this late Victorian property had few period features surviving and suffered from poor light levels at ground floor. The brief was to maximise the useable volume within the dwelling and rearrange the ground floor to improve natural light and the relationship to the garden.
The rear garden was typical of houses in Hanover as it was not large and is a split level arrangement with that of the ground floor. As the house is ‘tall and narrow’ the idea was to visually extend the ground floor kitchen and lounge area into the garden, giving a feel of openness and light.
The existing access to the upper level of the garden was re-graded with full width steps and decked terraced seating introduced. Full width sliding doors were fitted between the kitchen and terraced area which could be retracted on warm days. The garden was densely landscaped with evergreen plants to provide a year round visual backdrop to the ground floor.
The new kitchen is painted a vibrant green reflecting the foliage in the garden as light is filtered through them from above.
At first floor the existing bathroom layout was re-arranged to provide a larger bathroom and ensuite to the adjacent master bedroom.
The fourth storey was converted into a usable room without needing a dormer which the client felt would ruin the rear aspect of the property. The resulting room affords views over Brighton and north to the South Downs