As it’s been a few months since our last Project Update blog, I thought we’d do a quick round up. As always, we have a variety of projects at all stages of the process.
Surveys, Inception and Sketches
We’ve recently undertaken several surveys, and also been working on several interesting projects at sketch stage. As with all of our projects, we work closely with our clients to help develop their brief and then explore the possibilities with a series of sketches.
We are producing sketch proposals for one scheme in Fulford where the client is after a large contemporary extension, loft conversion, and garden office. We are working through the sketches as we speak, but our initial designs include a timber clad feature wall as a structural element, which will help tie the extension design to that of the timber clad garden office/ music studio.
Another interesting project at sketch stage, this time in Altrincham, involves creating a new dwelling adjacent to an existing listed cottage by extending the existing detached garage. At this point, we are submitting a pre-app to the council before the client decides whether to take the project further. Much of the sketch work to date revolves around demonstrating that the setting of the listed cottage is not damaged by the proposals. The design of the dwelling is proposed as a modest coach house conversion style, keeping the roof ridge height low.
A project of ours just down the road from my home/ office in Fishergate is nearly ready for submission to the planners. The clients wanted to double the size of their kitchen with a fairly straightforward ground floor extension, with the inclusion of large bi-fold doors and roof windows. They were also intending to carve off part of their son’s bedroom to create a first floor bathroom. When exploring the possibilities, we were able to suggest that a bathroom be included in a first floor extension, thereby keeping the bedroom full size. We were also able to put them in touch with a few builders so they could get an idea of the costs involved with the work.
Another project due to be submitted to the planners in the near future is a development in Pickering. There is an existing guest house fronting the main road, and the client would like to develop some of the long, unused garden to the rear into a separate dwelling. We have worked with a Planning Consultant through a couple of pre-app submissions and are now preparing planning documents for submission soon.
Technical Design and Construction
As mentioned in our last project update, we have a large number of projects on site or nearing site. Hopefully the cold weather will not hamper the completion of any of these too much.
Our project at East Parade, Heworth is nearing completion. The zinc roof, glazed elements and polished concrete floor are looking fantastic. We are just waiting on some electrical work, the log burner to be installed, the installation of the kitchen and decorating, and can’t wait to see the finished product.
Also on site is our project in Huntington, of an extension to the rear of an existing historic bungalow. Things are progressing swiftly, with the exposed oak trusses being installed this week. It has been a real experience watching a proper craftsman work on these with hand tools. When the render goes on the outside, it will really tie the different parts of this building together.
Back to Heworth and another project is cracking on at pace. This project has various different elements, including a ground floor extension, first floor side extension and a loft conversion with dormer. Some serious pieces of steel going in here, and a complicated job for coordination on site for the contractor. The roof is going to start going up now.
Last up, and this next project is due to start in the coming weeks. It’s my own home, and where I type this from! We are looking to double the size of our kitchen, and add a dormer window to the top floor to add a bedroom. It will eventually include a zinc clad dormer and storage box, together with areas of green roofing to add some nature to our small yard/ garden. As I’ll be on site pretty much all through that build, expect lots of updates!
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