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Sycamore Hall in the Yorkshire Post

We are really pleased to have this lovely piece in the Yorkshire Post over the weekend. Working with Terry Huggett Developments on the project has allowed us to deliver such a beautiful finished product. It’s also lovely that John and Jean are so happy with their new home. Their recent testimonial says it all:

When we relocated from London to the Sheffield area, our aim was a future-proofed sustainable retirement home – full of light, warm, economic and easy to live in. On the basis of PTA’s website and meeting Paul, we had no hesitation in engaging them to design and project manage the work on a bungalow with stunning views of the Peak District, but in need of refurbishment and remodelling. We are now in a house that more than meets our aims and exceeds our expectations, and we are very happy. Dug Wilder’s pictures speak for themselves.

Throughout the work we had a close and very positive working relationship with PTA, which was genuinely two-way. We were also fortunate to have a good builder, Terry Huggett Developments, working closely with PTA as project manager.

PTA’s knowledge and expertise were essential in delivering the final result. Maximising the light and views, use of space, making the building warm, healthy and a pleasure to live in. The spaces both inside and out are designed to both look good and make movement and access very easy now and in the future.

Much of the good design is summed up in the living room main window and box seat – economically enlarging an existing window space, and transforming it into one of the centre pieces of the building, both visually and functionally. Young and old are drawn to it, they love it.

PTA’s contribution was not just about the big issues of thermal efficiency, a well designed space, warm and healthy building that is also future-proofed. They were very helpful in navigating us through the different stages of the build – design, tender, contract, completion. They also dealt with the planning permission process for a building that was in a Conservation Zone, and a few hundred metres from the National Park boundary. They helped in the process of cutting some costs, without compromising any of the essentials, when the initial tenders came in over our budget. They suggested possible options and this including calculating the effect on thermal efficiency of each potential cut, which was invaluable in the decision process.

During the works we were not physically close to the site but we remained in good contact throughout the different stages, in addition to the regular site meetings PTA organised. We always found them very approachable, helpful and responsive.

PTA’s collaborative approach was not just with us or Terry Huggett Developments. They work with like-minded professionals in the S1 Design Collective, who provided our structural engineer and garden/landscape designer. A very good, additional service.

We have already recommended PTA without qualification to other people looking for architects and designers, and will continue to do so. From our own experience, we can fully vouchsafe for the information on the PTA website about their values and approach, design ethos and their services – they are and do what they say. Most importantly, they have been essential in helping to deliver for us our new home, which more than speaks for itself and is the best possible recommendation.