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.
Our client’s purchased this 1950’s property for its setting despite their dislike for the house itself! We worked with them to develop a scheme involving substantial extensions and structural alterations as well as landscape interventions. The side extension houses a generous, top-lit, open-plan kitchen and dining area whilst the rear extension provides a comfortable master bedroom suite with a private rooftop terrace overlooking the woodland setting that originally ‘sealed the deal’!
2 Dale Road is an attractive turn of the century building in a prominent position in Matlock town centre. It was formerly a hotel.
We were asked to come up with a layout to achieve 4 flats for a developer interested in obtaining a planning consent for residential change of use.
The developer’s view was that small, affordable flats would work well in Matlock, and close to shops and public transport links.
The problem we faced was how to resolve fire and acoustic issues and to provide good levels of light and storage within limited space and no prospect of adding additional windows.
The solution was to keep the flats open plan using screens instead of walls. the screens double up as storage and light permeable.
We believe this is a good way of regenerating an interesting building which has been empty for some years and will now provide affordable housing and help bring life back to the town centre during the evening and weekends when shops are closed.
We always design the interior of our projects as we find it impossible to consider any building as ‘just a shell’. It is the interior detail which is often most important to our clients as this is the bit that they use!
We have also been involved in some projects which were mainly about interior design, for example a project in Tansley saw the conversion of a former mechanical workshop into a family home.
Listed buildings are always interesting to work with and we have built up considerable experience in this field.
We have worked on many types of listed buildings including, field barns, urban and rural houses, monuments and follies.
We understand the principles of conservation and how to assess the value of a heritage asset and therefore how the balance between conservation and intervention can be crucial to generating re-use.
We also have experience of adding contemporary extensions to listed properties and have won awards for such work.