This recently converted farm building sits on a valley shoulder with the morning sun rising over the Yorkshire Dales in the east, and setting sun behind the Lake District hills to the west.
Frustratingly, these views were compromised inside the house, and while the owners were happy enough to be outside, it rains 200 days a year, which is not ideal for taking in the views.
Furthermore, the single storey element to the north of the building was a converted garage with low ceiling, cold, and difficult to get to past a WC and utility room.
The project quickly became known as ‘Project Light’ – how to make subtle changes to the layout and fabric to maximise light in and views out.
At first floor we introduced four new rooflights – one over the stairs, and three more over bedrooms, which, along with bathrooms were re-fitted and decorated.
The single storey element was to become a multi-use space – a study for working at home, a work room for sewing, again with rooflights above and rooms made taller by removing the ceiling and building into the roof.