This Brighton terrace has been renovated into the perfect family home (cinema room included)

Adding another storey and large kitchen extension has made Jasmin Robertson’s terraced house twice the size, turning it into a modern family home

Adding another storey and large kitchen extension doubled the size of Jasmin Robertson’s terraced house, turning it into a modern family home
(Image credit: David Woolley)

Anyone who’s started a family in a cramped flat ill-suited for life with a newborn knows the thrill of finally receiving the keys to a child-friendly home. The endless potential a good-sized home offers is exciting for anyone, but especially if you’ve spent the last months or years living in extremely close quarters. Even when the renovation gets tough (and it will), the end result is worth the tears and tantrums (and not just from the kids). 

Likewise, nabbing the keys for their dream house was just the start of Jasmin and Liam’s renovation journey. Moving from a one-bed flat, the couple have been hard at work transforming their run-down Victorian terrace, making room for a sizable kitchen diner with a rear extension and adding space upwards with a loft conversion for a cinema room and a brand new bedroom for daughter Molly. There’s no doubt it’s been tricky at times, but the warm, welcoming and incredibly stylish home they’ve created is a testament to their hard work, creativity and determination. Over the following pages, Jasmin takes us through her family home room by room and shows us how it’s done.

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Adding another storey and large kitchen extension doubled the size of Jasmin Robertson’s terraced house, turning it into a modern family home

Even the exterior house has been given a makeover, painted in cool neutral tones with a pretty pink door

(Image credit: David Woolley)
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The owners Jasmin Robertson, a PR consultant and blogger (@brickdustbaby), her husband, Liam, a digital sales director, their daughter, Molly, and their French bulldog, Worley
The property A five-bedroom Victorian terrace in Hove,
East Sussex
Project cost £198,500

'My husband and I were living in a one-bedroom flat in Brighton when I became pregnant with Molly,' says Jasmin. 'The three of us shared a tiny bedroom with a double bed and cot squeezed in. We needed more space but struggled to find a house in budget where we wanted to live. A family member had lived in this house for over 22 years and they were struggling with the upkeep. Because of its state of disrepair, they were reticent to sell, but we were up for taking on all the renovations, so we made them an offer.'

Adding another storey and large kitchen extension doubled the size of Jasmin Robertson’s terraced house, turning it into a modern family home

'The 1970s brick fireplace was ripped out and we installed this reconditioned one we found on Ebay. The shutters filter light and give us privacy, too.' Walls painted in Pink Ground, Farrow & Ball. Sofa, French Connection at DFS. Rug, RugVista. Mirror, Maisons du Monde. Shutters, Shutterly Fabulous. Cushions, from a selection at Homesense

(Image credit: David Woolley)

‘Every ceiling was filled with asbestos, the back wall was crumbling with damp, the kitchen and bathroom needed replacing and the layout need reconfiguring. We rented a flat for six months and got stuck in, replacing the lathe and plaster walls, ripping out kitchen units, and tackling the jungle garden. The asbestos ate into our renovation budget, so we took on the bulk of the work ourselves to claw back some of the costs. We cancelled our social life for the first year! We took a breather from DIY after the first two years and just started enjoying the house, playing with colour – I added the green wall in the kitchen and the darker shades in our dining room – and decorating with plants.' 

Adding another storey and large kitchen extension doubled the size of Jasmin Robertson’s terraced house, turning it into a modern family home

Kitchen, Homebase. Vintage chairs, Department Hove. Lime chair, Made. Metal bar stools, Ebay. Floor tiles, Tiles Direct. Walls painted in Strong White and Bancha, Farrow & Ball

(Image credit: David Woolley)

‘We knocked out the side return and back wall to create a large open- plan kitchen space opening out onto the garden. I did PR for a couple of architect firms and picked up lots of ideas for our home. Top of my wish list were folding doors to open onto the garden and a large sociable kitchen island. Because we were on a tight deadline and budget to get the house finished, we moved in before the side-return extension was finished and lived out of our bedroom for weeks. The bi-fold door company wouldn’t make the doors for us until we’d made the hole for them, which meant we lived with an opening, covered with plastic for a full 12 weeks while we waited for the doors to be made and fitted.'

Adding another storey and large kitchen extension doubled the size of Jasmin Robertson’s terraced house, turning it into a modern family home

'We’ve installed slimline KEF speakers for surround sound in the loft room, and had it soundproofed so we can play movies and computer games without worrying about our neighbours.' Walls painted in Sulking Room Pink, Farrow & Ball. Rug, Rug Vista. G-Plan coffee table and Ligne Roset Togo sofa, sourced on Ebay; find a similar sofa at Heal’s

(Image credit: David Woolley)

'The loft conversion involved a double dormer extension, which has increased the space and value of the property. We released equity in the house to get in the professionals because we knew this was a project we couldn’t do ourselves. We started the project in December, which wasn’t my best idea – we had the most dusty Christmas. It’s completely changed how we use our home – we love hosting movie night here with popcorn.'

Adding another storey and large kitchen extension doubled the size of Jasmin Robertson’s terraced house, turning it into a modern family home

'Our bedroom was inspired by trips to Brazil and Mexico. After each holiday, I felt the need to fill my home with plants. We installed fitted wardrobes to maximise storage. The Frida Kahlo collage is a commission by British artist Nick Smith and was a present from Liam. The text running through the piece is taken from a letter Frida wrote her lover, Diego Rivera – it’s so poetic and romantic.' Hanging plant fittings, Lavender Room and Spider Plant Shop. Original collage by Nick Smith. Bed, Maisons du Monde. Wardrobes, designed by Jasmin, built by a local carpenter

(Image credit: David Woolley)

‘We shopped around to keep costs low. I found the worktops online for a fraction of the price and made the offcuts into shelving. I spent days hacking the plaster off the kitchen chimney to reveal the bricks but they were shot to bits. I found brick slips to cover them for the look I wanted. 

‘The kitchen was the first room started and the last to be finished. It’s been a work in progress and over time I’ve changed things. Our style is an eclectic mix of old and new. The light fittings we found in an antique shop. They’re from a Japanese fishing trawler and add an industrial edge.'

Adding another storey and large kitchen extension doubled the size of Jasmin Robertson’s terraced house, turning it into a modern family home

'The Lucy Tiffney wallpaper in my bathroom makes me so happy. I went bolder in here with the design as it’s a small space, and I think it can take it.' The vintage vanity unit is from B’s Yard in Hertfordshire – I painted it in Setting Plaster by Farrow & Ball.

(Image credit: David Woolley)

'We made small compromises as we tackled the house room by room. All the coving was lost when the asbestos was removed, for example, and at the time we couldn’t afford to reinstate it, but you have to pick your battles. We’ve just redecorated the living room in Pink Ground by Farrow & Ball as we wanted it to feel intimate and cosy.' 

Adding another storey and large kitchen extension doubled the size of Jasmin Robertson’s terraced house, turning it into a modern family home

'Before we moved Molly’s bedroom up into the loft, we divided the bathroom into two to make this box room for her. We’ve since converted it into a home office, so now, after years of working at the kitchen table, I finally have a dedicated work space.' Walls painted in Hoar Frost and Raw White, Bauwerk. Vintage desk, Sutherland & Sadler. Art, Age of Reason Studios 1986 print and Rachel Mammone galaxy watercolour

(Image credit: David Woolley)

Adding another storey and large kitchen extension doubled the size of Jasmin Robertson’s terraced house, turning it into a modern family home

(Image credit: David Woolley)

'We dug out two large palm trees in the garden, which were impossible to cut down. We had to hack them into pieces, then wheelbarrow them through the new kitchen. We built our garden with a huge storage bench at the end. Liam loves sea fishing on his kayak, but we had nowhere to store it. With the large storage bench, we have room to stash it out of sight, and you wouldn’t even know it’s hidden in there.'

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Maxine Brady
Maxine Brady

Maxine is a freelance interior stylist and writer. She can be found blogging on her site We Love Home, where she covers the latest trends and her own projects in her Victorian terrace in Brighton where she lives with her dog Teddy.