How we remodelled our 1950s semi in Kent into a bright and breezy beach house

Inspired by its seaside location, this architect couple took inspiration from Australian beach houses

In 2018, architects Sonya Flynn and Mark Baker had just finished remodelling a large, 1970s house on a north Kent seafront for a client when a smaller house down the road came on the market. During the project, they had fallen in love with the location: the shingle beach, the uninterrupted sea views and spectacular, year-round sunsets.

The unprepossessing 1950s semi in Tankerton, Whitstable, hadn’t been touched for 25 years. The couple, who run architecture studio Meme, thought they could create a similar home for their own family, only on a smaller budget.

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