Moorland Garth

ArkleBoyce Architects, York, 2018


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Moorland Garth is an existing 1970s bungalow on a corner plot in the suburban setting.

The neighbourhood is characterised by a general lack of uniformity of terraces, detached and semi-detached dwellings of one and two storeys. The majority of properties have been altered, creating a variety of extensions, most of which incorporate a differing range of materials, scales of development and architectural styles/quality.

ArkleBoyce Architects were originally approached to undertake a loft conversion for a young family; however we felt this would be a compromised solution given the lack of roof space. As such, in collaboration with our clients, we developed a scheme that demolished the existing unsightly flat roof additions to the bungalow and an asbestos garage to extend the ground floor accommodation into the unused side garden. In addition, the design converts the original bungalow into bedroom space, whilst a new wing of accommodation creates open-plan living space that encloses the south-facing garden, creating a hidden courtyard for indoor/outdoor living.

The original proposal was entirely timber-clad; however after extensive negotiations with the local planning authority prior to gaining approval, the proposal was adapted to reduce the scale and become much more akin to the materials seen in the immediate surroundings.

We used a long handmade brick from York Handmade that helped provide a contextual response, whilst the existing bungalow was rendered. The garden courtyard feels altogether different with a folding roof form and elevations clad in timber (species Frake). Large sliding doors to the garden open out into a private courtyard.

The scheme represents perseverance on behalf of an inspiring client and creates a wonderful and unique family home that provides a welcome alternative to the typical suburban extensions that dominate the area.


  • Begun: Aug 2017
  • Completed: Apr 2018
  • Floor area: 97m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £174,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Apr 2017
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works 2016
  • CO2 Emissions: 6.21kg/m2/year
  • Address: 1 Moorland Garth, Strensall, York, TO32 5UW, United Kingdom

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