Transform your house into your ideal home with Fibre Architects

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Our clients had lived in their house in Birkby, Huddersfield for many years. They loved the area but not their existing tired property, which had too many poorly proportioned rooms, little open plan space and insufficient natural light. After many unsuccessful attempts to find a more appropriate house locally, they turned to us to see whether we could help.

Working closely with them, we took their ideas and thoughts, developed initial options and turned them in to working plans; once these were agreed we handled the planning approval and building regulations and even recommended a builder Erudex to deliver the build.

Our clients wanted to transform a traditional house in to a something really special and contemporary. We are delighted that we delivered a design that met all their requirements and more. We managed the whole process for them from design, planning preparation, submission and handling any issues that arose successfully. We worked closely with both the clients and build team to ensure every detail was approved and implemented to the highest quality and standards.

The design perfectly suited the client’s brief and the build went very smoothly, giving our clients a positive and enjoyable experience, a home that more than fitted the brief and a design that fitted perfectly with their lifestyle. The results speak for themselves; a warm, contemporary home that sits comfortably in it’s surroundings while giving the owners a completely fresh modern outlook.

We couldn’t be more pleased and grateful with their recommendation on Houzz – https://www.houzz.co.uk/photo/90263159-house-extension-in-conservation-area-transitional

“It was a fabulous relationship. The design suited perfectly, all planning issues were handled for us. The build went more smoothly that we could have hoped for. The end result speaks for itself. A totally worthwhile experience.”

We would welcome a chat with anyone wishing to significantly change their current home to incorporate their ideas and dream outcomes. Please do give us a call for a free consultation.

Here is a gallery of their newly renovated home >

Putting your own stamp on a period property // Bump Hall

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Bump Hall is a delightful period cottage privately owned & situated within over 4 acres of well-screened south facing grounds with adjoining paddock and woodland glade and located on the edge of the market town of Penistone.

We were pleased to be originally commissioned in 2015 by the owners of this idyllic property to consider design options to create more living space and to make their mark on this much-loved building, adding a new layer of history and updating the accommodation to modern family needs.

Bump Hall is a mainly stone built partly rendered property with various pitched and hipped Yorkshire stone slate roofs. It will be transformed by our planning approved scheme with new modern living spaces while retaining its original character and charm. The new curved rear extension will incorporate further bedrooms along with additional storage space, an office, a gym and a games room whilst rooms in the existing house are also refurbished.

IMG_0283Construction is now well underway and we are looking forward to seeing a perfect blend between 19th Century and modern architecture creating a wonderful new living space when it is complete.

To develop your ideas and turn them into exciting, realistic and deliverable plans, talk to us for a free consultation and let Fibre Architects help turn your property dreams into reality. We’ll continue to keep you up-to-date on the progress of Bump Hall, so please do check back regularly. 

Choosing the right materials can give you the best start to your building project

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You will have often heard advice about choosing the right materials, but does this apply to everything?

At Fibre Architects we believe that design and planning correctly in the first place gives you a solid foundation to be creative and innovative with your designs and this opens up the doors (quite literally) to use the amazing range of materials currently available in the architectural field.

Starting with a ‘fabric first’ approach to building design concentrates on maximising the performance of the building’s components and materials that make up the building’s fabric, allowing you to achieve a well-built thermal and energy efficient build; then you can focus on the imaginative use of the wide palette of other materials available – elements that can look great and help reduce capital, operational & maintenance costs and/or lower carbon emissions.

Buildings designed and constructed this way can also minimise the need for energy consumption through:

  • Maximising air-tightness.
  • Using super-high insulation.
  • Optimising solar gain through the provision of openings and shading.
  • Optimising natural ventilation.
  • Using the thermal mass of the building fabric.
  • Using energy from occupants, electronic devices, cookers and so on.

Concentrating on fabric first is considered to be more sustainable than just installing energy-saving technology or renewable energy generation later on, which can be expensive and often relies on you, the user, being efficient in the way you use the technology.

Having energy efficient materials integrated into the building from the outset means that occupants have less to do less to operate their building, creating fewer changes to their living habits.

Fabric first building systems can also be constructed off-site to be of higher quality and better performance, lower labour costs and increased speed of build.

At Fibre Architects, we are constantly keeping abreast with the latest materials and construction practices, so why not talk to us about your ideas and plans in a free consultation so you can get the best advice for your next build.

Dreaming of a Grand Design that will make your dreams a reality

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When you look out of your window into the sometimes grey British sky do you ever think I wish I could live in ….? Many coaches and successful people tell you to write it down, get your dreams in writing, on paper, make them real.

Take your idea and doodle it down, then think about the space you actually need for a functional purpose like the kitchen – how many hours do you spend in there? Are you a budding gourmet cook or a home baker? Is your special place the bedroom to relax and chill? Do you paint and need a room with natural light or do you want a home that supports your ethical and environmental values?

Fibre Architects can take the stress and worry out of your paper dreams and make them a reality. We can give you a free consultation to discuss your dream home. We don’t just draw up the plans, we can discuss material, planning permissions and work with you to create the ideal living space with the perfect outlook.

Considering all the above will make planning your dream space a reality because we can work with you on your timeline, budget and space planning.

Here are a few more tips to help you start the dream…

• Take a look at websites like Grand Designs and Houzz for inspirational ideas – don’t be put off by BIG IDEAS, we can help you adjust them to fit your space and budget

• Think materials – what would you love? What is out there now?

• Think space – what do you have now that can be adapted and used more effectively? Do you need to look at land purchase? Do you have a big garden that can be adapted, changed or used?

• Plan with expert advice, it could save you thousands of pounds

Don’t let the dream die from fear of asking a few questions, give us a call and we can help you with your project.