4 May 2012

Planning permission received for extension in Harrogate conservation area

Our clients approached us to increase the size of their existing 2 bedroom house and create a 4 bedroom family home, incorporating and extending over their poorly used front entrance yard.

The site is within the Harrogate conservation area. It is an old bakery building that sits in a row of coach houses and semi industrial buildings that at one time serviced Victorian villas.

The brief was for a highly contemporary insertion between neighbouring traditional styled stone gables. Working in consultation with Harrogate planning department, the final solution was felt to be appropriate as it adds to the industrial nature of the surrounding streetscape.
The existing house
The extension inserts itself between the gables of neighbouring houses
View of semi industrial streetscape

The design was conceived as 2 elements: a single storey extension that alines with the street, provides access and a large open plan dining kitchen to the dwelling; and behind that is a 2 storey box that is parallel with the existing house.

Inspired by the soot covered stone of the surrounding buildings and the client's wish to use timber where possible to reflect his profession as a joiner, the building is predominantly clad in blackened timber with concrete inserts and zinc shadow recesses.
first floor

ground floor
The clients wish to avoid glazing to the street, inspired the inclusion of a lightwell to the new kitchen area at the junction between old and new.
Light floods into the new open plan kichen space from full height lightwell