Rotten Row

Lewes, East Sussex

Project: House refurbishment and extensions, Rotten Row, Lewes

Client: Private

Architect: BBM Sustainable Design Ltd.

Structural Engineer: HT Partnership

Interior Designer: Chalkspace

Landscaping: Peter Thurman and Second Nature Landscapes

Contractor: AH Carpentry, Joinery and Construction Ltd.

Completion date: October 2014

Total floor area: 500m2


This large Victorian house in central Lewes was subject to a complete refurbishment with two rebuilt side extensions. BBM worked closely with the Client and interior designers, Chalkspace on the ideas and resolution for the internal layouts which were heavily modified as well as the careful selection of material finishes and fittings. The loft was converted with a high performance thermal construction which along with new double glazing throughout helped dramatically improve the building’s energy performance.

Adding the replacement side extensions to the original bold architectural language of the original house was handled by adopting simple abstracted planes of a carefully chosen brick with large simply detailed panels of glass. This approach helped avoid the two different eras of construction competing or jarring with each other.

The western extension includes a dramatic double height space and mezzanine. With large front and back sheets of glass, it was possible to align views through the building from Rotten Row creating an unexpected glimpse of the South Downs and Ouse River valley for passers by.

One of the star turns of the interior was a stunning new staircase which rises from the entrance storey up to the converted loft. Local company, Rise Joinery executed it with great attention to detail and finish.

Chalkspace and the Client decided on a palette of muted greys and off white shades for the walls to contrast the oak and carpet floor finishes but used bold patterns and textures with the tiling in the bathrooms.

With the building itself completed, work commenced on the external areas with Peter Thurman and Second Nature Landscapes contractors.

Interiors, Residential