A tiny cottage hidden down an ancient twitten lane gets a 21st century makeover

This cute little terraced cottage in the heart of Brighton’s fashionable South Lanes is reputedly the oldest residential property in the city, dating back to 1565. The house had previously been student digs and was a depressing mix of cheap laminate flooring, mouldy shower curtains and Bob Marley posters. The whole house needed gutting and rewiring, although after a close inspection Ark builders discovered that the roof was sound and all the windows were able to be kept and refurbished. The internal space needed a complete re-think to bring it up to modern day living standards and Ark’s designer Sophie Robinson came up with clever solutions to make the most of the bijou proportions. The ground floor was designed as an open plan kitchen living space with  slimline appliances and hand built solid oak shelves making the most of available storage. Ark fitted bespoke painted kitchen doors to off-the-shelf kitchen carcasses from Howdens, which helped economise on the budget. A new oak engineered board floor was laid throughout from Sussex based City Wood Floors.

Upstairs the bathroom was made over into a luxurious all slate wetroom complete with secondary under-floor heating, which is a great benefit to a real stone bathroom floor. Due to the cottage’s small proportions a glass shower screen was made to measure at a reasonable cost. The bedrooms got an update with new basins, fitted storage and designer wallpapers from Cole and Son. Ark hung handmade shutters at the windows, which along with the draught proofing is a great way to shield the city centre noise. Sophie was keen to enhance the cosy and intimate feel of the cottage, so chose moody mineral colours from Farrow and Ball namely Downpipe and Lamp Room Gray. She then added juicy, jewel shades of ruby pink, electric blue and emerald, along with vintage French chandeliers from Brighton’s Three Angels.