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Reconfiguration, Lewes
Cityzen redesigned the layout of this property’s rear ground floor, restoring the kitchen as the heart of the home. 

Architecture, M&E

Structural Engineers

Bright Green Homes, Koop Furniture

Total build cost


Photographs above: copyright Simon Callaghan

We worked with Bright Green Homes as their architectural partner, to collaboratively deliver this project. Bringing us on board gave the client confidence that their contractor would deliver something special.

The rear of the house needed a complete reconfiguration. The kitchen and lean-to extension weren’t functioning well as spaces, and storage was also an issue. So, we redesigned the layout of the ground floor: replacing the lean-to with a side extension and incorporating a new patio into the overall design for indoor/outdoor living.

The reconfiguration achieved a light and spacious open-plan kitchen and dining area – offering fantastic views of the garden – and dedicated utility and pantry spaces. Double and triple glazing, together with an insulated floor, has improved the building’s energy performance.

The concept design stage involved producing a number of hand-sketched layouts and external elevations, showing how the spaces could be rearranged. After incorporating client feedback into concept revisions, we produced a 3D model of the preferred concept, to help the client visualize the internal reconfiguration.

This approach gave Bright Green Homes an edge over other contractors, as it offered their client so much more than a standard knock-through solution.

Once the design was finalized, we carried out a full measured house survey. This was required to take the scheme through the compliance stage (building regs approval). Finally, we developed a comprehensive construction package – including mechanical and electrical designs – for the contractor to confidently price against.

The reconfiguration has transformed the property, as shown by the ‘before’ photos below, compared with the project completion photos above.