Cyma Architects is a Kent based architectural practice working in Ashford, Canterbury, Folkestone, Rye, Tonbridge and across the South East.

The Chain


  • Convert existing historic shop to form a 3 bed house.
  • Speculative development for sale on the open market.


  • Listed building in conservation area.
  • Existing building had significant structural defects.
  • Working within a Tight budget.


  • A lot of accommodation squeezed into a small space.
  • Modern alterations to the original oak structure resulted in considerable structural defects but close collaboration between Cyma and client, structural engineer and builder resulted in good cost effective design solutions.
  • First floor structure strengthened by screw fixing plywood over-boarding and insertion of SW walls, screw fixed to act as beams.  This negated the need for any steel work.
  • Resulting building has a very low environmental impact.
  • Sale price of finished house covered original purchase price, construction costs and provided a reasonable profit for the developer.
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