J J Architecture & Design

J J Architecture and Design are a small practice based in Ponteland, Northumberland offering a comprehensive range of architectural services for clients particularly in rural Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and Durham.

We specialise in innovative self build projects developing close relations with our clients and construction team in the process and we pride ourselves on our supportive and friendly approach throughout the construction process.

We have used J J Architecture on a number of occasions for support and advice and have always been pleased with the service provided. We would recommend J J Architecture without hesitation.

Mr and Mrs Grainger

Wylam, Northumberland

The Crescent, Wylam

A spacious detached property in the village of Wylam. Northumberland.

The brief required substantial adaptation of the existing Kitchen and Utility areas combined with exacting structural works to the interior to link the kitchen with a new dining area.

The works required full technical drawings and details to satisfy Building Regulations and included foundations damp proofing, insulation, ventilation, fire protection and means of escape in case of fire.

The building works commenced in May 2017 and were completed within 12 weeks.

Essential to the build, substantial props were needed to allow installation of steelwork and new lintels to form distinct changes in level and allow light to fill the space.

JJ Architecture would liaise with a structural engineer who supplied detail drawings and calculations for a new large balcony supported on steel posts with glass and steel balustrade surround. The balcony provides further space for socialising and extensive views overlooking a large garden and the River Tyne to the rear.

Worktops of Italian marble and new specialist lighting over a central island completed the space.

Fellside, Hexham

Fellside lies to the south-east of Hexham town centre.The site is elevated with clear views across the Tyne Valley to the north.

Previously, a 1950’s bungalow of pre-fabricated construction, occupied the flat bed of historic quarry workings. It is surrounded on three sides by the quarry walls (exposed rock face), with the east and west walls gradually reducing to street level.

Planning permission was granted for the demolition of the bungalow to be replaced by 2no spacious 3 storey detached properties on the same plot. Each of a differing but distinct design.

The units were designed to be ‘upside-down’, with bedroom accommodation on the ground floor where views are restricted by the quarry walls, and living accommodation on the first floor to take advantage of the expansive views over the Tyne Valley.

A mix of materials was proposed. Natural stone walling and slate roofs sympathetic to the immediate surroundings, while treated timber boarding provided a contemporary element.

The materials are varied between the two units to create a sense of individuality, with House Type B having primarily natural stone walling and House Type A primarily reclaimed facing brick. This further served to reduce the overall impact of the development as a whole.

North View, Great Whittington

Great Whittington village in Northumberland is defined as a ‘smaller village’ within the Tynedale Local Development Framework Core Strategy. This was to be a single-storey detached dwelling house, with ‘rooms-in-the roof, containing 4 bedrooms. The accommodation is arranged on a traditional basis, with living/dining/kitchen accommodation on the ground floor and sleeping accommodation on the first floor.

The living/dining area has an open ceiling to the roof above.

The steeply pitched roofs with simple dominant gables conform to the local character identified in the Conservation Area Character Appraisal.

The proposed house is a response to housing need within the Tyne Valley and accords with National Planning Policy Framework policy and guidance in terms of location and sustainability.

The proposal is designed to respect its surroundings and context, using sympathetic built forms and materials.

The proposal recognises the significance of the conservation area, and conforms to both the general historic development and the more specific detailed character of the settlement, as outlined within the Great Whittington Conservation Area Character Appraisal.

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