As some of you from the 'Club House' section of the forum this is a project that's been in the pipeline for the last 4-5 months. Late last week we finally exchanged and my clients took ownership of the property. It's currently a cafe/nightclub with permission to turn in to a 4 bed house, 4 storey house. So going to be in to this one for the long haul. Estimated to hopefully take around the 9 month mark, with a contingency of 3 months. So decided to try and keep a bit of an online diary if anybody is interested in following the progress. The idea is to strip it back to almost its original shell and start again. The property was originally built in 1902. And after spending some time at the local branch of the National archives, I discovered it was actually designed by a very famous architect who is responsible for many of Brighton's Landmark buildings. The building has lost some of it's finer exterior details, but the plan is to try and reinstate these to something of its former glory. More on that later, but for now the architects were 'Clayton & Black' who you can read a bit about here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clayton_&_Black Like I say some of the buildings they did are some of the most famous in Brighton & Hove. May as well start with a quick tour of the ground floor and basement and just a few pointers as to what they will become... The exterior as we turned up on day 1. As mentioned above the idea is to reinstate some of the original mouldings as it was in 1902. Here are the original architect plans Ground floor cafe and bar. This will become the main lounge (the stairs will be going as no longer needed) Ground floor cafe room 2. This will become a office library / bedroom 4 (maybe with a pull down wall bed) at the moment i'm thinking I might panel the walls in here. Through to the main hall and cloakroom. This is going to be opened up to how it was laid out originally, so far more grand. This is the current commercial kitchen, which is under the staircase above and is actually part of the main hallway. So this will be lost and reinstated as a hallway again and lastly on the ground floor. This is currently a covered courtyard. But we are going to make it open to the elements and turn it in to open court yard with possibly some seating complete with spikey plants, nice lighting and will lead up to the main entrance (as the front entrance to the cafe/new lounge, will be lost).