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Extension over garage

 Our client wished to increase the living area and to take advantage of the views on offer over the Ecclesbourne valley and we proposed to build over the existing double garage with a lightweight timber frame. The styling of the extension provides a timely 'facelift' to the existing bungalow. Almost complete, these latest photographs show promising signs of what will be a fantastic space.

Extension to Smithy cottage

 This project required a phased response. Initially the existing cottage was to undergo a scheme of wholesale refurbishment and modernisation in order for the clients to move in from their temporary rented home. Some of the rooms needed to be easily changed over once an extension was designed, approved and built; for instance the temporary kitchen is now the utility room.

Our brief was to create a large extension which would accommodate the main living spaces, master bedroom and a guest suite. The principle behind the concept was to orientate the structure to maximise the views over the adjacent Ogston Reservoir and surrounding woodland. This resulted in a modern, juxtaposed form, which contrasts with the original traditional stone cottage.

Our clients had been inspired by several elements of design from travelling and were keen to incorporate many such as ‘hit & miss’ timber cladding. To date, the house hasn’t generated a single energy bill after being fitted with Air Source Heat Pumps and Solar PV arrays on the roof. When the sun is shining, they are often in credit and receiving a return from the National Grid.

Barn conversion

 This single storey, curtilage listed, former cattle barn had been semi-converted previously for use as a cinema room but, after the client’s children had left home, it had become disused other than for general storage.

The brief was to convert this into a self-contained annex in which the client’s sister could stay without dependence upon her family during her frequent visits to the Peak District.

The conversion creates a modest yet comfortable 'studio apartment' with a mezzanine sleeping gallery nestled in the roof volume. Definition of areas within the open plan is provided by the existing timber trusses which provide 'bays' in which sleeping, living and kitchen/dining spaces are set out within.

External Terrace

 This small project makes a big impact! This property has access to particularly impressive vistas but, frustratingly, the former arrangement didn’t allow our client to enjoy the setting fully. We devised a scheme to alter and extend the existing, narrow, raised patio with a circular layout forming an external dining area.
The cylindrical form is wrapped in larch to sympathetically contrast with stonework which features heavily in the original building. A helical stone staircase, beautifully built by H.A Briddon of Tansley, leads to an external lower terrace providing further entertaining space for maximum enjoyment of the gardens and wider landscape.

Sydnope Stand

 It’s not every day we get asked to design an extension to a castle!!!! Pre-application discussions with planning and conservation officers proved lengthy given that the former hunting lodge is within the original curtilage of the listed Sydnope Hall.


The modern extension is cut into the sloping site and appears subservient to the host building. The verticality of the façade treatment reflects the dense woodland surrounding the extension and views out of the living and bedroom spaces give the feeling of being in the tree canopy. A feature plywood wall brings the woodland inside.