Portfolio of Richard Dawson, RIBA architect based in Bingley, West Yorkshire, providing architectural services and project management.

Creating more space at a house in Kirklees

Location: Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire

The family home after its vibrant transformation

The family home after its vibrant transformation

Brief:   Remodel the house to provide kitchen extension, utility room; re-roof the lounge, a better bedroom layout a with an en-suite, and consider future loft conversion.

Solution: R Dawson Architect originally visited the client through an ‘Architect in the House’ initiative by Shelter.  The client liked Richard’s ideas and approach to the alterations, extensions and improving the thermal performance of the house.  The commission was to design a full length rear extension and two storey side extension to incorporate the client needs and obtain Planning and Building Regulation approval with Kirklees Council based on an agreed scheme.

During construction it was discovered that the ground conditions were poor to the side of the house and a concrete raft had to be provided instead of standard strip footings but the layout remained the same.

The kitchen extension was designed with a steel portal box frame under the old external wall so the new ceiling could be lined through to give a better appearance and incorporate two large roof lights.  This provides a well thought out large usable space for a new combined kitchen-dining room where everyone can get together.  The large highly insulated secure sliding folding doors face south and can be opened up to let the garden views into the house.

All the windows and doors were replaced and roof insulation increased to exceed the current thermal standards.  A ‘sunpipe’ provides increased light levels on the landing and a replacement insulated and draught sealed loft hatch with access ladder installed.

During its transition

During its transition

Before its refurbishment

Before its refurbishment