A gloomy 1930s chapel has been brilliantly converted into a light-drenched modern townhouse.

Back in 2011, when Ian and Lisa decided to make the move from Tunbridge Wells to Hastings, they had an offer accepted on an old pub which they hoped to convert into a house. But a bad survey put paid to that.

The main living area

The main living area

Looking down into the double-level living area from the glass mezzanine

Looking down into the double-level living area from the glass mezzanine

Three levels were created in the huge space, linked by a bespoke staircase. The light is by Christian Cubina. It took 12 men to lift the glass floor of the mezzanine into place

Three levels were created in the huge space, linked by a bespoke staircase. The light is by Christian Cubina. It took 12 men to lift the glass floor of the mezzanine into place

The two-storey oak shelves are by German firm Hulsta

The two-storey oak shelves are by German firm Hulsta

The neon portrait of the Queen is by Philip Oakley, from a painting by Danny Mooney, both local artists

The neon portrait of the Queen is by Philip Oakley, from a painting by Danny Mooney, both local artists

The kitchen, by Alpine Joinery, is at one end of the ground floor living area

The kitchen, by Alpine Joinery, is at one end of the ground floor living area

Chairs by Arketipo and white urns from The Conran Shop complement the geometric shapes of the staircase. The mug shot of Al Pacino is from the Pig Portrait series by Russell Young

Chairs by Arketipo and white urns from The Conran Shop complement the geometric shapes of the staircase. The mug shot of Al Pacino is from the Pig Portrait series by Russell Young

The three internal storeys are linked by an incredible helical staircase

The three internal storeys are linked by an incredible helical staircase

Standing on the mezzanine, it is genuinely hard to know where to look first

Standing on the mezzanine, it is genuinely hard to know where to look first

On the mezzanine balcony, the Perspex table is by Ligne Roset and Ian bought the model boat from The Conran Shop

On the mezzanine balcony, the Perspex table is by Ligne Roset and Ian bought the model boat from The Conran Shop

The floor-to-ceiling library shelves rise up and up, uniting all the levels of living space

The floor-to-ceiling library shelves rise up and up, uniting all the levels of living space

A sitting area on the first floor. The sofa is by Ligne Roset and the photograph of Pueblo Laguna in Mexico is by Boyd & Evans. The skull and crossbones rug is from Sunniva in Tunbridge Wells

A sitting area on the first floor. The sofa is by Ligne Roset and the photograph of Pueblo Laguna in Mexico is by Boyd & Evans. The skull and crossbones rug is from Sunniva in Tunbridge Wells

A specially designed helical staircase, built from MDF by a local company, dominates the centre of the house

A specially designed helical staircase, built from MDF by a local company, dominates the centre of the house

The 1950s magazine-inspired paintings in the master bedroom are by Julian St Clair

The 1950s magazine-inspired paintings in the master bedroom are by Julian St Clair

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