This project in rural South Yorkshire, sees the conversion of a redundant Victorian Coach house with the addition of a substantial extension; providing a contemporary, economical and sustainable family home for a museum curator, designer and their young family. The house orientates around the sun, garden and adjoining woodland to provide spacious, workable and open family living-accommodation. Materials are sustainable, affordable and modern; offset by the texture and warmth of the existing building fabric. The low-level, rear addition mirrors the form of the original coach house whilst the two-storey extension provides a  ‘book end’ of sleeping accommodation. The overall aim to […]


We often wonder about social media. How to use it as a business. Getting the balance right. Keeping it interesting (hopefully). Steve tweets as @gagarin_studio and Gayle as @gayleappleyard , that’s just how it evolved as the practice grew and Gayle stopped tutoring at University and dedicated her time to the practice. Steve sometimes tweets about architecture and what’s been happening. More often than not, the tweets are about music, Calder Valley life, bad puns, the dog, Pennine landscapes – all things but work. We pondered this, wondered whether that was ok, and decided it was fine; helps to show […]