Originally constructed in the 1960’s by a Danish emigre teaching at the Architecture School at Leeds University, this single storey brick house is noticeably different to other vernacular houses within this quiet residential conservation area.
For a start, the use of brick is not common in this historic Yorkshire spa town. Millstone grit and sandstone were more regularly employed in the construction of the town’s many fine Victorian buildings. Lightweight timber cladding and large proportioned windows opening on to gardens either side of the house were also none too common.
Most strikingly was the use of a perfectly flat blue roof, designed to retain water and cool the building down in summer.
Over the years the previous garage has been converted into a very long and thin bedroom; a shed was added to the end, which in turn had its own lean to, and a block-work garage was also added, blocking entry to the shed. The roof has been overpainted and is cracking, and the building is suffering from some wear and tear. While pragmatic and generous in some ways, the layout of the house and size of the rooms have been left behind by modern living.