Knaresborough

About the project

ARCHITECT: Peach Architectural Design, Harrogate

PROJECT TYPE: Self build

PRODUCTS: 150mm SIP Walls, 175mm SIP Roof

When a 1920’s brick house on a site that sloped down to the River Nidd in Knaresborough came up for sale, one of the locals moved a step closer to his dream of creating a Georgian style ‘gentleman’s residence’.

Working with Peach Architectural Design, also based in the town, the pair planned a stunning six bedroom property which took advantage of the surrounding views. What could have been seen as a challenge became a key feature as the slope on the land was incorporated into the home’s overall design and helped create a two storey property which expanded to three at the rear.

Early in the project they chose Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) as their preferred build method because a watertight structure could be constructed quickly, drastically reducing the time on site by around a third.

The design included a basement level swimming pool, games room, additional garages and a bar looking from the back stone portico terrace down to the River Nidd.

The ground level includes a large open plan kitchen and family day room, a library, formal dining room, sitting room, living room, utility room, butler’s pantry and a study which can also be used as the sixth bedroom. The upper floor houses the master suite and a further four double bedrooms.

Architect Steve Peach is a fan of SIPs:

“It’s taken us in the UK a while to catch onto the potential of SIPs but they’re definitely the future of self-build, they’re very versatile, a quick system, and I’m a real advocate.”