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

A single storey extension to a bungalow to create a sunroom and a new utility room

A single storey extension for a bungalow to create a sunroom and a new utility room

A new sun room and utility room created with a single storey extension on a house in Shipley

Location: Shipley, West Yorkshire

Brief:  With a growing family the client wanted an energy efficient ground floor rear extension to their bungalow to form a sunroom and refurbish the kitchen and dining room. The house is traditionally constructed with little insulation: walls in masonry and render; a hipped roof with a gabled end; concrete tiles and solar panels but generally poor insulation standards.

Solution:  R Dawson Architect provided a design, planning and building regulations service.

This is a two bedroom bungalow with a bedroom in the roof space.  The design was a single storey extension over the whole rear gable using natural materials and passive solar design techniques as an energy efficient approach. The sunroom has a full height timber frame sunroom with roof lights in the south east corner and utility room on the north east corner.

A wood burning stove was installed with well insulated floors and walls and ceilings.  The new walls exceeded the thermal performance the building regulations standards.

The house, which previously had little insulation, was improved with thermal dry lining where possible or where the room sizes were large enough to increase its energy efficiency and help to reduce bills.