Conversions and Historic Buildings

The Practice has a wide experience of working with Listed buildings and other historic structures. These range from small scale domestic properties to Listed hotels and other commercial buildings. Similarly the Practice has a wide experience of converting buildings to both domestic and commercial uses from former barns, factories and warehouses. Giving these buildings a new life presents many opportunities to work with and contrast to the historic fabric of the original building. Some examples of our work in this field can be seen below.

Project One

Forming part of the former Home Farm development near Follifoot, this barn conversion aimed to make the most of its views down the Crimple Valley. This was achieved with a contemporary Living Room that opens up to the view and external spaces. This contemporary theme runs through the interior which features a large open plan Kitchen/living/dining room, Crittal doors and screens as well as a bespoke staircase.

Project: Two

The former agricultural building converted in this project is located in the Nidderdale ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and had previously received Planning Permission for conversion to a dwelling. The scheme however lacked flair and did not respond to the character of the existing building, hiding this away and creating a series of small rooms more appropriate to a more urban building. Comprised largely of the conversion of the existing 2 storey barn, a modest one and a half storey extension to the rear of the property provides additional accommodation. The interior opens up into an open plan dining, living and snug space with a focal stove which rotates to address either the living space or snug. Natural materials were used extensively throughout with oak flooring, staircase, beam and screen details and natural limestone flooring in other locations complementing the original timber roof structure. Concealed lighting also adds to the effect of these features. Within the surrounding paddock area, a ground source heat pump was located, ensuring that the house makes little impact on the environment. The property now forms an individual home that respects its agricultural origins and the distinctive qualities of the area.

Project: Three

This project, developed by Wharfedale Homes Ltd, is the conversion of a number of farm buildings into three dwellings. Very few alterations were made to the fabric of the properties which face the road on the more public side and they maintain their strong agricultural and village vernacular feel. To the rear, private gardens separate them from the third larger unit, which is the conversion of one stone barn and the reconstruction of a former cowshed, resulting in an imposing property with far reaching views of the countryside. The properties created are full of character, with both large volume and cosy spaces, utilising natural and original materials and features where ever possible.

Project: Four

Following a number of years in decline, this property and land was purchased by our clients as their family home. Built in four distinct phases, 17th, 18th, 19th Century and a small flat roofed 20th century structure, the house lacked a coherent layout. The 20th Century addition had also caused structural and water ingress problems into the more historically sensitive areas. The proposals therefore centred round the removal of this element and its replacement with an atrium space that provided a hall that linked all the remaining elements. A bridge across this space at first floor level also contributes to this light, airy space. A comprehensive restoration of the existing accommodation was then undertaken, preserving and enhancing many of the existing features while providing the accommodation required by a family in the 21st Century. The result is a house in which all the spaces are used and the quality of the property appreciated every day.

Project: Five

Developed over a number of years and four phases, this project has included the conversion of a large and distinctive two storey stone barn, with attached gin gang on one gable, together with a complete quadrangle of brick outbuildings. The barn and gin gang form the heart of the house, whilst the remaining buildings have other functions relating to family activities. The enclosed courtyard gives the owners a very private and sunny garden space, whilst beyond this the buildings stand in a generous site with wide reaching views. Internally all of the buildings have been sensitively converted, utilizing many of the original features, most notably the oak trusses.