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Our Domestic & Residential Work

At Crooks Architecture we have many years experience of working on domestic and residential properties around the Peak District and across Yorkshire, ranging from contemporary extensions to more period alterations to historic properties, in sensitive areas.

We work closely with our clients to make changes to their existing homes, replace them with new, or create new homes out of old spaces. Everyone is different and we aim to ensure that we respond to a Client's brief in an equally unique way, to create truly special spaces in your home.

The recent pandemic has shown how important our homes are, both for living in and working in. We have worked on many projects to help homeowners improve the layout or arrangement of their homes, to make them more enjoyable to be in and also help to provide flexible living.

Here are some of the projects on which we have had the pleasure of working:

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The one that's close to home

Hathersage House

This is actually our house! The existing house was dark and dated. There was a timber lean-to on the side of the house and the outbuildings, built into the rising garden, were damp from condensation from the metal roof and occasional streams running through. Through a self-build project, we tanked, insulated and and given a "green" roof, the lean-to replaced with a new highly insulated structure and knocked into the kitchen and the back of the house and the outbuildings were connected by a new South-facing glass link "Garden Room".

The two-faced one

Additional Dwelling, Broomhill

This project involved the creation of a new attached dwelling for the elderly relatives of the owners. The house is situated in the Broomhill Conservation Area and formed in the garden of the existing house. Self-build by the owner, we were appointed to prepare designs for the dwelling, which has a fairly traditional frontage to respect the conservation area and a more contemporary rear to maximise light and living space.

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The far from "primitive" one

Winster Former Primitive Methodist Chapel

We were appointed to obtain listed building consent and planning consent for the residential conversion of this redundent former primitive methodist chapel. The chapel is landlocked, with no vehicular access, making executing the works challenging. The result is a stunning residence in the beautiful setting of Winster.

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The unassuming barn.

Deep Lane Barn

An unlisted agricultural building in the middle of a field, left over after conversion of similar nearby former agricultural buildings into residential use. The barn is proposed to be repaired and restored using traditional construction, to reinstate its original aesthetic and  then converted into holiday accommodation.

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The one with the bread oven

The Remote House in Edale

Reputed to be one of the oldest houses in that part of the valley and subject to considerable alteration historically as its status and use changed since the 17th Century. The house had been subject to many years of inappropriate, unsympathetic and unauthorised alteration. The project sought to conserve the historic property, reinstating historic detailing and materials and removing the inappropriate alterations, as well as adapting and upgrading the house to suit 21st Century use.

The one that you'd drive right past

Hardstoft Mission Room

A delightful little Grade II listed former School Room, previously on the Hardwick estate, but now in private ownership. We are developing proposals to sensitively convert the building into holiday accommodation, including building a sympathetic extension to the rear.


The one in the hill

Extension to Converted Barn

A small project in which we were commissioned to oversee preparing designs for a considerable extension to a previously converted barn. The existing building and its exposed located presented challenges, but working with the Peak Park, we were able to develop proposals which were considered discreet and sensitive to the location and original barn, while providing considerable additional floor area to the house.

The one with the mystery of the mill

Spital Buildings, Castleton

A ruinous (and we mean ruinous!) mill just outside Castleton, sat in the middle of a field. Many don't know it exists. This is an ongoing project to safeguard the mill from further collapse, partially re-build it and insert residential accommodation into the shell, as well as converting the attached barns into further accommodation.

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The one with the green roof

House Extension in Rowsley

A project to design a replacement rear extension to a Victorian Villa, which could replace the various lean-to extensions which had sprung up over the years, to open the ground floor plan up and provide better naturally lit, open-plan kitchen, dining and living accommodation, as well as a small study space.

The one that lost its coach arch

The Coach House, Curbar

A former coach house, now residential. With already a rear extension, the prospect of a further visible extension was unlikely, for the risk of overbearing the original building's massing. We obtained planning permission from the Peak Park, for a new buried extension, to the rear, effectively reinstating the previously dug-out hillside to create an extra bedroom, en-suite and study area without detrimental impact on the host dwelling.

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The one where the cows came home

The Creamery, Parwich

A small project for which we were appointed to assist the owners and contractor to obtain listed building consent for alterations to this Grade II listed house, which used to be part of Parwich's important dairy industry. The cottage had been subject to years of inappropriate alterations and has few historic features left inside. The floors required specialist repair and a detailed conservation strategy to preserve what remained of them.

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