Ashfield Creates a Synthesis of Space - Ashfield Building Group

Ashfield Building Group has completed an exciting renovation to this property creating an exceptional modern living space and kitchen in the attractive suburb of Barkisland, Halifax

This impressive scheme combines striking modern aesthetics with the latest energy efficient technology and materials. It’s often the case that, when Ashfield are chosen to carry out an extension project, the word ‘extension’ doesn’t do justice to its creative ambition. Most of our design briefs involve more than a simple increase in square footage – the objective is to enhance every attribute, from versatility and efficiency to aesthetics and flow of space.

We have just commenced a prime example with our latest residential scheme in Barkisland, where an orangery was demolished and replaced with a new single-storey configuration which seamlessly integrates with the existing interior. On completion, the property’s ground floor has more than doubled in size and multiplied in function. Ashfield have incorporated a nod to the past by retaining the stone from the orangery and re-using it in the new construction.

PARKdesigned Architects have explored every aspect of contemporary living with an all embracing concept produced in close consultation with the client. 

The kitchen is the heart and soul of most homes and this room is the focal point of the extended space with a stunning open-plan design combining expansive worktops, full-height storage units and a substantial island/breakfast bar.  A range of high-end appliances reflect an investment in the latest technology, but the kitchen also makes efficient use of timeless natural resources – most notably an abundance of sunlight harnessed through two exceptionally large skylights and triple track bi-folding doors. Two other skylights serve the same purpose in the adjoining lounge space, which also includes a new fireplace installed in place of a window removed from one of the building’s existing walls. The opposite side of the extension includes a walk-in pantry and a boot room which is large enough to be a single bedroom! It includes an integral bench with built-in storage and provides access to a new utility room leading through to the existing double garage.

To complement the extension, the existing ground floor space has been modified and upgraded to comprise entrance porch, cloakroom, lounge, central hall and games room. It all forms part of a wider purpose which characterises many of the extension projects Ashfield undertake: a synthesis of old and new which suggests that the two have always existed as a whole. Our Barkisland project is as much a fusion as it is an extension. All of the teams and stakeholders involved in the project agree with Ashfield ‘s assessment of the finished article.

The client, Ms Harrison offered glowing praise for Ashfield’s ability to deliver a combination of desirable living space and outstanding levels of building performance, that phase 2 of the project for  the external landscaping works was also granted to Ashfield.

Ashfield Director, Joel Ramsden, commented on the scheme:

“This is the kind of project which really inspires you as a construction professional. Ashfield work with many of the region’s most creative minds in architecture – PARKdesigned Architects certainly fall into that category and we are delighted to have teamed up with them on this design concept which delivered stunning results on behalf of the client.”

“Many thanks to Ashfield for crafting our sustainable, low energy, forever home. As novice developers, we began with considerable trepidation and probably fell foul of every pitfall going, but Krystian and his Ashfield team were always on hand to help us through and find the best solutions to the inevitable challenges. An air tightness result of under 3m³/hr/m², is testament to Ashfield’s care and attention to detail during construction. The end result is a lovely home, with energy rating A and delivered under budget.” Ms Harrison