Brighton is famous for many things, from its beach and piers to its liberal social scene, but for many a standout feature is the Regency architecture.
Of course, for many of those who live in such buildings, there isn’t much garden to enjoy; huge sweeping apartment blocks like Lewes Crescent and Sussex Square in Kemptown or Adelaide Crescent in Hove may look very grand, but any gardens they have are communal, with no room for a summer house or anything else.
Much of Brighton, however, is not like that. As with most towns or cities with Regency architecture, there are also thousands of residential buildings that look no different to bricks-and-mortar homes all over the country.
That means many bespoke garden rooms in Brighton could add a bit of Regency style missing from the adjacent houses, for instance in suburbs like Patcham, Woodingdean or Stanmer.
Key features of Regency architecture include Portland stone and white stucco plaster, flat roofs, high ceilings and tall windows, columns and cornices, balconies and wrought iron railings.
Of course, not all of these elements could be included in a garden house, for instance with no upstairs you can’t have a balcony. Moreover, because wood is the predominant material used, it won’t be about stone and ornate plasterwork.
However, there are some things you can include: A flat roof, a white exterior with black railings and, perhaps most importantly, tall windows that allow lots of light in, a perfect feature if you want to make the most of the natural illumination in winter and get the full benefits of the summer sun too.
Of course, not every Regency building adopts a uniform style, with a few influences being drawn from styles across the globe. Brighton itself contains a prime example of this in the famous Royal Pavilion, which itself may provide some ideas for a few twists on your garden room design!