Private House, Yorkshire

An old farmhouse which sadly fell into disrepair provided an opportunity to redevelop the site and replace it with a new residential dwelling of quality and distinction, taking full advantage of the superb rural location and far-reaching views.

The proposed development [by Huddersfield Architects ONE17 DESIGN] met local planning conditions by retaining the characteristics of a single dwelling, in vernacular form, using locally sourced natural stone in hand-dressed coursed walling alongside smooth faced ashlar window and door surrounds, and a spectacular curved on plan entrance, using solid circular columns in traditional style. The stone is complemented by natural oak framing and blue slate roofing tiles, forming an energy efficient high- quality design which incorporates many sustainable technologies.

Graham Goldthorpe Stonemasonry was engaged to supply and fix the natural stone walling and ashlar to the house, along with Yorkstone paving, feature steps, setts, copings and gateposts to the external landscaping. The project involved preparing detailed working drawings, cutting sheets and templates required by the quarry for production. A bespoke quality control procedure was adopted to ensure all the stone was manufactured to the highest standards throughout the project.

Early-stage cost planning was a priority for the client and architect, and a detailed bill of quantities was prepared identifying all areas of construction and their relative costs. Subsequent value engineering exercises enabled the client to benefit from cost savings by harnessing more efficient specifying, production and fixing methods, without having to compromise on the design and overall aesthetics.

As ever, an accurately prepared bill ensured costs were effectively controlled, allowing additional work and variations to be priced on a fair pro-rata basis. Good communication and transparency between the client, project team, quarry and PQS, helped to ensure that the stone supply and fixing came in on budget. Graham Goldthorpe’s experienced drawing office team, project managers and on-site stonemasons were instrumental in ensuring that the high standards of workmanship expected by the client and architect were achieved. The joint endeavour produced a stunning new dwelling, amply illustrating how natural stone can be used to its best advantage, enhancing schemes of this nature and design.