We have commissioned KC Design House and Atlas Bathrooms to provide the design and installation of these important high specification areas. The full specification listed below exceeds requirements.
Designed by the structural engineer to have strip foundation trenches at 750mm wide we have increased this to 900mm wide for extra load bearing. The width of our exterior walls has been increased from the standard 300mm overall width to 350mm total width. This is because when using reclaimed stone, it can come in varying widths which can cause blockages within the cavities so by making the cavities slightly bigger there is no chance of the cavity becoming blocked. The ground floor is block and beam flooring with 100mm insulation laid on top the ground source heating pipes are laid on top of this and these are encased in 75mm of sand and cement screed.
Is built out of 140mm reclaimed stone that has been sourced from a local reclamation yard. The stone has been sourced from local mills that have been demolished and the stone has been cut to size and has been hand dressed. The stone is raked out after the wall has been built whilst the sand and cement mortar is still soft to allow for the walls to be pointed in a stronger sand and cement mix in the style of weather struck pointing that keeps moisture out of the inner part of the wall and accentuates the stonework which makes it more aesthetically pleasing and gives an heritage look to the building.
The ashlar stone (Heads, cills, quoins and archway) has also been sourced from a local stone cutting yard. The blocks of stone up the sides of the archway have been increased in size from the normal 300mm x 300mm cut blocks of stone to 300mm x 500mm at the behest of the developer to give the entrance and the archway a greater visual impact due to the size of the house.
The roof structure has been structurally designed to take the weight of the Indian stone roof slates which are laid in the way of a traditional stone slate roof. This is once again an over specification on behalf of the developer but it is felt that this type of roof fits in better to the surrounding environment which is what the developer is trying to achieve.
Are a new product by a company called Evolution windows. They are double glazed and the range is called storm 2 which as the name suggests they are draught free and impervious to the variable weather of the Yorkshire region. The frames are Upvc but do not have the Upvc look about them, the joints on the corners of the frames are square like a traditional wooden window and not at a forty-five-degree angle like so many Upvc windows. To the naked eye they look just like wooden windows and are a high-quality product that the developer once again has chosen for the quality not the price.
is from the English Door company and with various large openings throughout the ground floor a mixture of aluminium bi-fold doors and French doors have been specified to allow the outside to be brought indoors. All the windows and patio doors are to be cream outside and inside except the main front door which will be oak on the outside and cream on the inside . There will be oak doors throughout the property with painted architrave and skirting boards.
The electric system
Is supplied through three phase electric this has been chosen by the developer at the design stage as opposed to single phase electric. This will enable power to be distributed evenly around the property so that there will be no dips in electrical power when the electrical appliances and lighting are in use. There is to be a central feed for all the televisions, satellite and internet that is to be distributed to each room in the property.
the heating system
Will be from ground source heating with it being underfloor heating throughout the ground floor and wall hung radiators on the first floor. The property wil be fed via the garage so that any internal space is not taken up with unnecessary heating controls.
We have engaged with KC designs at Clayton West to assist in the layout and the supply of the kitchen and appliances to give this home the wow factor internally that the exterior demands.
En-suites, downstairs wc and the main bathroom are all designed by Atlas bathrooms in Huddersfield. They will have a mixture of modern wall hung pottery and wall hung shelving which will give each individual designed suite a thoroughly modern and practical look. The suites will be complemented with high end range floor and wall tiling.
Within the large galleried entrance hall is to be oak with inset glass panelling. We are not looking at the glass being attached to the oak newels with chrome brackets but inset within the oak to give the staircase and balustrade a minimalistic but highly effective look.
Externally there will be flat landscaped gardens, which is quite unusual for the hillside areas of the upper Holme valley with large Indian paved patio areas. There will be a tarmacked driveway which will be bordered by inset stone setts to match the entrance roadway, this leads up to a detached double garage which will house the water tanks for the underfloor heating, main electric point and the mains water. The property will then be fed via the garage so that any internal space is not taken up with unnecessary heating controls.
The first-floor joists and chipboard flooring are a silent I joist system that eradicates any movement or squeaking floors. The whole property is to have traditional dot and dab plasterboard and plaster skim.