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Restoration, Refurbishment and Extensions to Former Farmhouse and Barn Conversion

To many people, one of the defining characteristics of the Yorkshire Dales is the intricate pattern of stone walls and field barns strewn across the valley floor and sides. Simple in form, these buildings were crafted in local stone and slate to store the annual crop of hay and provide housing at the byre end for cattle.


In the 1980’s, this particular remote dilapidated field barn was converted into a modest 3 bedroom cottage. A minor single storey extension was constructed to the rear of the property to increase the basic level of accommodation and the house remained unaltered until purchased by our client in 2011.

Our brief was simple:

  • Maintain at all cost the charm of the cottage
  • Maximise the stunning views of the landscape from within the core of the house (kitchen)
  • Improve the level of bedroom and bathroom accommodation, extend the kitchen and provide an appropriate level of utility / boot room space. The services were all upgraded, complete with state of the art filtration systems to purify the natural spring water supplying the house.
  • Improve the building fabric to increase the levels of insulation to surpass current requirements – the winters are severe here!

Our philosophy was clear:

To be successful, any extensions or external alterations would have to be sympathetic to the local vernacular and fit seamlessly with the cottage and the vast landscape. Working within a designated National Park demands high quality design, top quality materials and excellent local craftsmanship.

The Park Planning Authority had no issues with the proposed scheme, and the finished result has surpassed all of the requirements set out in the brief.

This is not the largest project we have been commissioned to – but is one of our favourites.

Harris McCormack Architects Ltd
ArcHaus, Peterborough Road,
Wansford PE8 6JN

architects@harrismccormack.co.uk 01780 433 334

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