Oakgate House – Harrogate
Bowman Riley has designed the extensive alterations to Oakgate House, a detached Edwardian villa in the highly sought-after Duchy Estate to create a desirable five-bedroom family home. Part of the Harrogate Conservation Area, the neighbourhood is characterised by large plot, mature trees, large gardens and houses set back from the road.
In the early 20th century when lifestyles were different, the main family rooms were intended to be at the southern side enjoying the sunlight and views of the garden with the kitchen as a functional place where a housekeeper prepared food.
Modern single-storey extensions had created more space on the ground floor but none above. They had also left the house with no clear front door and had hidden the building’s character. We designed a new two-storey extension to replace the modern extensions and the remainder of the house will be stripped back to the brickwork and timber and rebuilt.
The alterations replicate the original Edwardian facade featuring a new visible front door and entrance hall with an additional side muddy boots entrance and cloakroom. The extensive remodelling will relocate the kitchen and dining room to the southern side of the house with patio doors to directly access the garden. Additionally, the original drawing room will be converted into a new large lounge with a south-facing garden room and study. All of the bedrooms will have good-sized en-suites, the master bedroom has a new balcony overlooking the garden and the attic bedroom would be an ideal home office.
The single-storey garage will be replaced by a linked double garage straight to house. Oakgate House will also benefit from a resurfaced drive and garden works. The final result will be a beautifully appointed home designed for contemporary family life.
Please click here to see the video of Sutcliffe construction installing the hoarding on site.
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