Slinn Street is a self-build conversion of a joiner’s workshop into a new home by Thread Director Anya and her partner Joe. Unable to find an existing house in Sheffield that met their needs and budget, Anya and Joe bought an old joiner’s workshop to convert into their home. Working on a tight budget and completing much of the work themselves the workshop is now a stunning two-bedroom home with a large open plan living, dining and kitchen area as well as a separate study.

The property comprised a late Victorian joiner’s workshop with a side extension creating a garage area and separate WC facility. The original part of the building dated back to around 1900 and is likely to have been used by one of the local builders in the area when the terraced housing was being developed, and the extension was estimated to have been added in the 1930’s. The workshop was an interesting example of a light industrial building, previously accommodating small businesses which would once have been typical to the area. The building was something of a local curiosity, which added to the complexity of the street scene, and it was deemed that the conversion of the building into a dwelling should be carried out in a way that retained the original character of the building.

The existing building had a total floor area of 110m2 which provided sufficient space to accommodate the layout required. Consequently, the strategy was to retain as much of the existing building as possible and to form the new layout within the original shell. Working with the existing building was a fundamental way of keeping costs down.

The existing building provided plenty of design inspiration, from the exposed brickwork, concrete soffit, conduit lighting in the kitchen to the industrial sliding door at first floor level. The design celebrates the buildings history and quirks! as well as telling the story of its re-use with well-crafted additions.

The result is the creation of a unique new home and a project which has secured the future of a small local landmark, that was well-loved by the community. Slinn Street won the Conservation Award and Residential Award at the Sheffield Design Awards 2016.