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carol SMYTH  



I am a graduate of Polytechnic South-West (Plymouth University) and Brighton University. I have been designing places and spaces for 30 years and have an ever-widening client base across Sussex, fuelled by returning clients and recommendations. 

My home design studio is on the edge of Seaford, a thriving Sussex seaside town

surrounded by the beautiful South Downs National Park. 

My practice ethos enables me to work solely on your project. My undivided attention

and clear-minded work approach ensures an energetic tempo throughout the

design process with ambitious results that will stand the test of time.


I approach each project with passion and care, reacting creatively to your needs,

the site conditions, your timescale and budget. I solve everyday challenges to

create beautifully simple, uncomplicated spaces.

Recently I have been working with families to adapt and expand their homes. 

I expect my clients to share lifestyles, ideas and dreams. We communicate, listen and 

explore. Together, we design a ‘lifetime’ home. 

I draw on expertise gained from the collaboration with numerous clients, organisations and

Local Authorities and I continue to work with a trusted group of consultants and contractors to deliver new homes, extensions and alterations to existing dwellings.


I am always happy to meet you on site to discuss your design needs and concepts.​ Having secured relevant site information I provide a detailed fee letter. This sets out my Architectural Design services and  required Local Authority and Statutory Authority consents.

My appointment is secured on my receipt of this fee letter, signed. 

Project feasibility is key to the design solution. l work with you to explore and interpret your wishes

and needs, to agree the  design brief and to set out the true viability of ‘the building works’ to

your home. This design stage examines ‘permitted development rights’, Planning options,

Consultant appointments and Statutory Authority compliances. Consideration is always

given to garden amenity spaces/neighbouring communities.​ Before submission of

Local Authority applications, a costings package is offered.​ Regardless of project scale,

technical design, with an attention to detail, is key to good construction execution.


This input starts on day one.


Valuable input from Engineers, Surveyors and Assessors is also available. ​High-quality

drawings and documentation supports every design project. AutoCAD 2D drawings aid

the design and detailing of subsequent consent applications. Thoughtfully laid out and easy-

to-read detailed specification packages have a significant and beneficial effect on the projects

design.HINDOVER is involved in.  All statutory consents including Planning and Building Regulation

applications, Party Wall Act agreements, CDM Act requirements and Local Water Authority regulations can be applied for.  

We can all work together to guide you, the homeowner, through all the stages of your construction project.



Simple beautiful architecture across Sussex

My overriding principle is to provide

            ….'good individual designs, of any size or scale, to any budget, that reduces our reliance on fossil fuels and to conserve energy and resources usage'......

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Client feedback June 2022

".......Carol designed our 2 storey extension. She was very friendly and accommodating throughout. Her enthusiasm and energy towards the project made the process easy and exciting for us. She really took on board what we wanted, and created great designs........"         

Client feedback July 2022


............."Carol worked with me and my family to help create a functional and inclusive space for our disabled son.

Carol listened to what it was we envisioned our home to be, she offered her expert knowledge and helped us to refine our plans. Carol worked alongside other agencies such as occupational housing adaptions to ensure we met all the requirements needed for a fully wheelchair accessible home. We would be more than happy recommending Carol to friends and family or use her services for future projects.............


Client feedback July 2023


............."Carol is an engaging and enthusiastic person to work with. She came up with a design that both suited our needs and contained interesting architectural elements which elevated it beyond the ordinary. What impressed me most was how much effort Carol put into making sure her modern design complemented the existing Victorian structure..............


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