The start to 2017 has seen us working on a number of new spaces. In the city, we’re starting work with a growing company to make the most of a prominent office in the heart of Sheffield, maximizing efficiency of space already in use and seeing what the possibilities are for extending the building to allow the company to expand in the future. Out in the countryside, we’re working with a couple aiming to set up a sustainable smallholding in Derbyshire, looking to add to their small farmhouse with a contemporary space that overlooks their land so they can keep an eye on the vegetable patch, chickens and renewable energy sources.
Continuing the sustainable theme, we’re working with a housing developer in Sheffield to develop a concept ‘Ecohome’ using their knowledge and innovative renewable technologies alongside our design skills to create a desirable, thermally efficient and sustainable home for the future.
We’re also working on a set of construction drawings for a straw bale house in Tibshelf, our first and we believe the first of its kind in Derbyshire as a timber framed ‘barn’ structure, with SIPs roof and straw bale infill to the framework. The keen self-builders are ready with their tools and caravans on site and hopefully we’ll be able to help them with part of the build at some point this year. If you’re interested in straw bale building, Andrew Morrison’s (@StrawBaleTeach ) DVDs from the Strawbale Store have been an incredibly useful source of information for both the client and us and has helped immensely with working out the finer detail of how the home will be constructed. Andrew has also offered advice to the client all the way from Oregon. If you want to volunteer to help with straw bale building in this country the Straw bale building volunteers UK and Ireland Facebook site is a good starting point.
Out on site, a timber clad side extension to a home on Rupert Road in Sheffield is nearing completion, with the timber framed specialist builder (Custom Built) finishing off the interior and also preparing to start the next project with us for a rear extension to a home in Beauchief. In Ashbourne, a 1990’s bungalow is being transformed into a light, contemporary home with 6m wide sliding doors added to the rear to bring light in and views out to the garden space and external insulated render reducing heat loss and improving its appearance.
Thread are about to get a new space as well. At the end of February we are moving to a new studio space in the Kelham Arcade ! The move takes us not far away, just across the courtyard from Mesters Works where we’ve been situated for the last year or so, and gives us a slightly larger studio space to grow into this year. We’ll be moving in to the Arcade at the same time as Instajuice and alongside a barbers, hairdressers, tattoo parlor and quirky interiors shop, Gravel Pit Homeware. We’re really excited to become part of the community! Peddler Market starts again for 2017 on the 3rd and 4th March so we’ll be keeping our new door open late on the Friday night if you’d like to nosy around our new studio space!
92 Burton Road,
Our phone numbers and email addresses stay the same, so if you’d like to see our new studio please do get in touch!