I just wanted to give you an update of a selection of our current projects. We have a large number of ongoing projects at all kinds of different stages. I’ll start at the beginning of projects and work through:

New Enquiries

I’ve been driving all over recently with various new enquiries, both in and around York, and across the Pennines to the North West. Hopefully some new exciting work coming through the door to keep us busy!

Surveys, Inception and Sketches

Lots of work at this stage, with survey work being undertaken on several house extension projects in York. Lots of measuring and photographing and scrabbling about in loft spaces.

In terms of sketch stage, we’ve a few interesting projects we’re working through. One of these involves re-imagining a basement of a property fronting the river Ouse in York as a self-contained 1 bed flat that could be used in an AirBnB style let. The property was severely damaged by the Boxing Day floods, and the clients are using the repair work as an opportunity to make more of the space. The key challenge is to get light through to the back of the basement space, and we have proposed the use of a glass plank wall to provide light but privacy and add a really unique feature.

River Ouse Basement- Glas Plank Walls

River Ouse Basement- Glass Plank Walls

Another interesting scheme is located in Drax, where we have been looking to convert, extend and remodel an existing farm building to form a new dwelling. We are aiming to emulate the original courtyard arrangement of buildings, with raised corner feature dovecote, which has fallen down. The proposals are currently in for a pre-app so hopefully we will get a positive response soon to these.

Historic photo and indicative sketch arrangement

Historic photo and indicative sketch arrangement

Planning

One interesting project currently in for planning is our project in Acomb. Our client wanted to create more space in her ground floor maisonette, adding an additional bedroom and making better use of the un-used and under-sized garage space. The proposals maintain a small courtyard space, and utilise the roofspace of the converted garage space for storage. Light is a key element of the design, with the inclusion of large glass doors to the Kitchen, and a glass slot in the roof of the long corridor space. A planning decision is expected by Friday, so hopefully we will be able to take this project forward to the next stage.

Acomb maisonette extension

Acomb maisonette extension

One project recently approved by the Planners was our project at St George’s Place, York. This scheme includes a kitchen extension to an impressive existing house, coupled with a large rear veranda and glass canopy roof. The scheme sought to borrow and simplify details from the existing house, which is quite ornate in places. We’re looking forward to moving this one forward into the technical design stage.

Extension, Veranda and Glass Roof Canopy

Extension, Veranda and Glass Roof Canopy

Technical Design and Construction

This summer and autumn are going to be busy times for us as far as Construction sites go. Just started on site last week is our extension project on East Parade. The project will deliver an open plan Kitchen, Dining and Family space in place of their existing galley kitchen. The zinc roof and glass roof slot give the extension a strong contemporary feel, and a clear divide between it and the historic house. We’ll be tweeting regularly with update pictures of this and all our building sites as they develop.

How it will look and how it looked this morning

How it will look and how it looked this morning

Others starting in the coming weeks and months will be a side and rear extension with loft conversion also in Heworth, a rear extension and loft conversion in Fulford, and this rear extension to an old bungalow in Huntington. The project creates a grand new living room/ library space with exposed timber trusses, and seeks to tie other disparate extensions together as one whole with a new render finish.

Huntington Rear Extension

Huntington Rear Extension

So lots of exciting times ahead! Stay tuned for more updates, and don’t forget to keep in touch with our twitter feed for more frequent updates.