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Residential Extension Architects Kent and East Sussex

How do you make sure you get the space you need?

We often say to clients “don’t tell us what design you want, tell us how you want to live”. Explain your lifestyle to us and we will come up with designs that respond to that, many of which you may never have thought or even dreamt of.

Don't move - improve! See our top tips to design your perfect extension. Our extension designs create superb family spaces with lots of light and direct connections to the garden. We incorporate plenty of interesting features like storage walls and vaulted ceilings.


Camber Sands

Beach View


The view of the beach was marred by poor quality timber windows with very large frames. We used a specialist company we have worked with many times to make new glazing with minimal frames to maximise the beach view. We also created a glass box extension that picks the view of a distant headland.


Our work as Architects generally involves extensions to create superb family spaces with lots of light and direct connections to the garden. We incorporate plenty of storage, features like vaulted ceilings and even basements

Sevenoaks Seamless Extension


Seamless Extension

We added a two storey side extension that seamlessly matches the existing and a full width garden extension to make the connection from the Kitchen Family area to the garden terrace.


Tunbridge Wells

House Transformation

A family approached us to redesign their 1980’s house in Tunbridge Wells which is on on a lovely plot tucked away next to woodland and within walking distance of the station. It was too small and needed a 2 bedroom extension, more family living space and complete renovation.

We added a first floor extension and created a large kitchen and family area with a high vaulted ceiling that includes a south facing light scoop. 



Ridgetop Extension

This cottage had been extended several times before in a rather haphazard way. We filled in the centre of the building with an extension that brings together the whole floor plan and also connects to the garden and the view over the valley.



Family Extension in Greenbelt

This 1950’s house needs complete renovation and replanning. Our design created much larger internal family space and extra bedrooms. We also changed the style with new windows, roof and wall finishes. Negotiations to maximise the extension area succeeded despite the strict Greenbelt rules.


Tenterden Granny Annexe

Annexe for Elderly Parents

The client wanted an annexe where elderly parents could live independently but with help on hand from the family if required. Our design creates a shared glazed entrance that connects the two buildings but allows independent living in the annexe which has its own living room, kitchen and bathroom.



Contemporary Addition to Victorian Villa

Extending a single storey Victorian cottage with a strong character can be tricky. Our bold solution adds a two storey and with large open plan Kitchen Family space and much better sized bedrooms.



Garden Space Integrated With House Design

Our clients bought a house that hadn’t been touched for many years and needed complete renovation. The garden was a key feature and although we don’t design gardens, our projects always respond to the possibilities of garden design right from the start. Our design integrates the garden as an external space into the overall house design.

How do we overcome the constraints?

We know what is possible from a structural point of view and we often demolish walls and relocate key elements and spaces in ways you may never have thought of.

We also know what they important factors will be to gain planning consent and have a good idea of the balance between cost and value. Many clients value our guidance to align your aspirations with the value added to your home.

The wow factor 

We look for what’s special in every home and make that a key focus of the design. Your house may have sun in the morning that you can make the most of with an east facing breakfast space. You may have a beautiful garden that we can bring into the house more or a superb view that needs to be framed by the right window arrangement. We will use what’s special to create something that will make you and your friends go Wow!

Ideas for family spaces

Family space 

The kitchen is always the centre of family life and is where most people start. As well as a kitchen that suits your style of eating and entertaining you need a dining area, somewhere to sit and relax and a good connection to the garden.

Outdoor rooms

Connect the family living space to an outdoor area that feels like an outdoor room with a feeling of enclosure, views of the garden, sunny spots and shade. Perhaps an outdoor cooking area and some nice lighting for balmy evenings.

Home working

Our modern hybrid working styles demand a space that gives you privacy for work but isn’t too far from family life.

The snug

Somewhere to hide the TV or computer games perhaps or just a cosy space too hide away in now and again.

Play rooms that morph into games rooms 

Children grow up so quickly and their needs change just as rapidly so you need flexible spaces that can adapt. You might need space later on for a table tennis table so make sure it’s large enough.

With new space, it gives you the opportunity to be creative and imaginative with what you want to use it for. There are many uses you could find for the new space in your home.


Who ever complains about too much storage? With clever planning we can make more storage space customised to what you want to tidy away.

Flow of space 

Many houses have been altered over the years with little thought about the overall flow of space. Sometimes what used to be the front door is never used and everyday access for the family is difficult.

Most families want a Boot Room with storage for shoes and outdoor coats with easy access from where you park the car.

Family extension design in Kent and Sussex


If you are looking to extend your home, please get in touch.


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