Category: Listed Buildings & Conservation


A farmhouse and barn renovation is now ready for a harsh Yorkshire winter.

Farmhouse Refurbishment | Architects for the Yorkshire Dales | Leyburn, Yorkshire

Situated in Leyburn, Yorkshire, a farmhouse refurbishment is almost complete, just in time for the wood-burning stove to be stoked up. The architects have ensured that the house retains its wonderful original features, including exposed timber beams, a stone-tiled roof, and half a meter thick solid walls.

The retention of these original features has helped to preserve the charm and character of the farmhouse, while modernising it for contemporary living. Underfloor heating was added throughout the ground floor to counteract the harshest driving wind. The wood-burning stove adds to the welcoming atmosphere of the space, creating a warm and inviting living space for the clients. forresterarchitects have been careful to ensure that the refurbishment is in harmony with the farmhouse’s original design and style, creating a seamless blend of old and new. This has resulted in a farmhouse that is both functional and visually appealing, offering the clients a comfortable and elegant living space.

Overall, forresterarchitects have done an excellent job of refurbishing the farmhouse, preserving its original features while adding modern elements to enhance its functionality. The result is a beautiful and charming farmhouse that is in harmony with its surroundings and perfectly suited for contemporary living.


A new double height art gallery forms a new focal point to a townhouse refurbishment.

Gallery for a House | Architects for Belsize Park | Camden, North London

A gallery for a house forms part of the brief to a new full house refurbishment in Belsize Park, London. The house is tired but retains some interesting period features to the wall frieze and ceilings. It does need to be extended to provide an appropriate level of accommodation for entertaining. A key need of the brief is to provide an art gallery for the client and it seems a double height space to the rear of the house is well suited. The rear elevation aims to reconnect the house with the garden and provide a unique architectural solution.
To the top of the house, the windows are under-sized and the bedroom spaces seem a secondary consideration. We aim to open the roof space to provide a modern loft style environment for the children. The master bedroom will occupy the first floor in its entirety with a new bathroom, dressing room and study with great views over the city of London.

Our Conservation Area house refurbishment features in Don’t Move, Improve!

Don’t Move Improve | Architects for Belsize Park | Camden, North London

A new rear extension and house refurbishment in North West London improves a fine semi-detached house in Belsize Park. A series of angled facets reconnects the rear extension with the garden to give a unique architectural solution. As with most Victorian houses, the kitchen is too small for a house of this size. Only a modest kitchen sink window the offers a glimpse of the glorious gardens beyond. The client wanted the house to feel better connected to the garden. The extension is expressed as series of solid and void angled facets. They have been used to set up a notional hierarchy to give a level of transparency between the house and gardenThe kitchen enjoys a longer footprint with a frameless window to give views across the neighbouring gardens. Exposed timber joists incorporate low energy strip lighting across the kitchen.

See our non-conformist competition shortlisted rear extension in North London.

Not the only way to do a dormer extension.

Extension with Basement | Carysfort | North London

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