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25 May 2019

We found Niche Design on the web and contacted Chris Hunt for a chat about a proposed extension. Chris was helpful, full of good advice and professional throughout and we now have an extension we are proud of. As well as the design and architectural drawings Chris organised full and reliable costing, advice from a tree specialist and structural engineer and arranged planning permission and building control. We found a family firm of builders with a little help from Chris who were good enough not to need any more input from the Architect. Thanks all round for a really good job that was on time and in budget. More...

5 November 2018

We have worked with Chris and Cathy from Niche Architects on a number of projects over the past 12 months. We have found them both to be thoroughly professional. They offer a great level of customer service, complemented with interesting and clever designs. We really look forward to working with them again. Highly recommended. More...

2 November 2018

A very high standard of work and interpreted our design wish list so well we hardly needed to make any changes! In fact we ended up with a new build instead of a refurbishment which has most certainly given us more for our money! Chris managed our contract with the builders very effectively and efficiently, enabling the project schedule, finance and aims to stay on track. He guided us through a maze of potential problems and recommended other professionals involved including Ashfield builders who were also excellent!
We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Niche Design for both design plans and contract management.
Thanks Chris. We love our new home.

8 October 2018

We contacted Chris about this project when considering to purchase the property and his advice and management has been exceptional all along. In particular he helped us secure planning permission (no mean feat for a grade II listed property in a Conservation Area), oversaw the tender process, recommended a great builder and project managed the construction stage. The result is that we have transformed a cosy 17th century building into a beautiful home, retaining its charm yet creating more space, more light and all the functionality needed for a modern family. The best part - this was done on time, almost to the original budget and with virtually no stress! We would strongly recommend Chris and the Niche Design team to anyone seeking the help of a highly professional and skilled architect. More...

8 March 2018

Chris listened to the brief for more kitchen space, light and warmth in our Edwardian home. He provided an excellent design which met all our requirements and provided insight and advice throughout the process. We now have a thoroughly modern space which is in harmony with the rest of the house. Niche Design enjoy our complete confidence and we have no hesitation in recommending them. More...

7 December 2017

We first contacted Niche Design in 2016 with a view to obtaining planning permission to build a new house in our garden. Having lived in our existing Victorian home for over 30 years we didn't want to leave our village.
We wanted to find an Architect who could deliver a contemporary design that reflected the way we wanted to live both now and in the future. Having chosen Niche Design, from day one Chris was incredibly positive and showed he had great experience of planning applications in green belt areas. He listened to our ideas, gave excellent feedback and introduced his own ideas that produced a design that has exceeded our expectations.
Once planning was approved Cathy became involved in fine tuning the internal layouts and producing working drawing for our builder. Cathy's detailed drawings were comprehensive and she was always on the end of the phone if we needed any questions answered.
Niche Design have helped us build the house of our dreams, we would recommend them highly to anyone looking for a passionate team of Architects who are excellent at their craft.

26 September 2017

Our objective from the start was to take full advantage of the beautiful views across the valley.
Chris from Niche fully supported us and came up with the perfect design.
After lots of discussion he worked around our lifestyle and design taste.
The result was a bright , open space with sliding glass doors which perfectly frame the view.
Chris was professional and easy to work with and we are delighted with the result .

5 September 2017

Love this place. A proper English pub from head to toe. Timothy Taylor's landlord on tap - actually they had 2 taps with it! A great relaxed Yorkshire pub ambience with a touch of class and a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. More...

1 April 2017

Having downsized, we needed to extend our rather cramped bungalow and create disabled friendly accommodation. Chris was recommended by our builder, he visited us and we liked the way he listened and came up with ideas, so we were happy to instruct him.
Chris, our builder and ourselves had many meetings together to get the plans drawn up for what we needed. It was brilliant that they were both willing to spend time with us getting it right.
After the local authority wanted to change our plans, Chris was instrumental in getting them passed as originally designed.
We would recommend Niche Architects without hesitation.

6 February 2017

It was a pleasure to work with Niche Design Architects. I recommend them 1000% . They undertook an extensive renovation/restoration project with us. They were attentive to detail, worked well with the builder and contractors and were extremely responsive to our needs. We particularly appreciated their innovative (yet practical) ideas and their design aesthetic. We also appreciated how they carefully listened to our desires and preferences, and worked with us to accomplish them. We valued and trusted their opinions on all aspects of the design. More...

17 January 2017

Niche Designs were great to work with. Chris was very patient, allowing us to spend a long time working out our requirements from the design so that once the build started there was no need for any rethinks. He put forward suggestions but really allowed us to make the design our own. He was clear on the fee structure and guided us through the tender process and the build itself. He was a useful buffer when we had the inevitable 'difference of opinion' with our builders which we were able to resolve amicably. Overall we were really happy with the quality of work from the firms he suggested and we all feel that the outcome has exceeded our expectations. More...

13 September 2016

We asked Niche to draw up designs to convert part of our garage into an office. The result is not just an office but a beautiful, light-filled space which is a pleasure to work in - cosy in the winter and cool in the summer! They were very flexible about looking at different options which made the whole design process very straightforward. The drawings and information they provided was very comprehensive and as a result the builder had no queries and we had no nasty surprises in terms of additional costs. In fact we were so impressed we've asked them to draw up plans for a new kitchen / dining room and loft conversion. I would have no hesitation in recommending them. More...

8 August 2016

We were recommended Niche Design Architects and have been completely satisfied by their excellent service, professionalism and innovative design skills. Chris Hunt showed us a portfolio of work at the start of the process which was impressive and reassuring! He listened carefully to our brief (to design a contemporary 'Eco' friendly, 4 double bedroom house within a large garden plot) and the design he came up with more than exceeded our expectations. The design utilised the shape of the landscape well making the most of the available plot. Chris handled and kept us informed throughout the Planning Application process which had a successful outcome. I would like to thank him for a job well done and look forward to seeing the house when constructed. More...

25 June 2016

We have worked with Chris and Cathy on three projects now and we have had a great experience every time. The designs have always been thoughtful and innovative and they have always taken the time to think through all of the options no matter the size or scale of the projects.

For every project we have had meetings to discuss the options before they are drawn up so the design process is informative and very flexible.

I thoroughly recommend them.

10 June 2016

We are delighted with our new project, the new kitchen replaces a rather cramped and dark area to one full of light and the new French Windows bring more light and better access to the garden. The ideas and designs put forward by Niche gave us new perspectives which we had not considered and seeing the new structure in its final form proved to be an unanticipated pleasant surprise. The glass roof is a great addition.
I was also pleased by the work by the estimator who gave us an early fix on costs, which proved to be a close estimate.

6 June 2016

When I asked Niche Design to work on a partial rebuild and extension for my 300-year-old house, I was looking to create a room that captured the stunning Wharfedale views that I could see from my garden.

“They worked in a collaborative way, quickly understanding what I was looking to achieve and being very positive about my input on design.

“We have created a stunning room, sympathetic to the original house but completely contemporary. Most importantly, we have captured the outside and brought it into the house. The result is not only stunning to look at but it has been transformed the way we live in the house.

3 June 2016

“In the construction industry, it is not often that you can recommend people without reservation but Niche Design is without doubt the most responsive and talented architectural firm we have ever used.

“As a developer, Fountainhead Ventures needs an architect that can not only deliver an interesting and clever design but a clear and pragmatic one taking account of cost, sales, marketing and build ability. Niche delivers on all of these to the highest level.

“In our role as project manager for private clients, Niche Design has won all our commissions.

“Chris and Cathy Hunt of Niche Design are the epitome of professionalism as well as good, honest people full of integrity.”

11 March 2015

This is a very good old fashion Yorkshire drinking hole. I found that there was a lot of choice when it came to real ale, which is refreshing. Although this is a chain run pub you hardly notice this due to the decor keeping its original style. The addition of a jukebox in the taproom also is a big plus point for me.The only con with this pub in my eyes is the generic food menu. It's good, however there is no real stand out choices. More...

4 December 2012

Pub wise this is pretty much your standard Yorkshire deal. Quite an aged clientele, not a particularly surprising range of drinks but the classics are there, can quite boistourous in the late evenings but warm and clean and a good place to end up if you are out that way. But this review is for the accomodation. It was FANTASTIC. We clambered up to the very top floor and were rewarded with a spotless room looking out onto the hills. The superking sized bed was ridiculously massive and wonderfully comfortable, although I did actually lose Ade for a few hours at one point....he was definitely in there somewhere.The bathroom was airy, white and dreamy with a massive skylight letting the crisp winter sun bathe the whole room. And then there was the spa bath. Which I got into three times in one overnight stay and again in the morning.Breakfast was delicious, good standard fare well cooked and generous. As an overnighter I really can't think of anything more you would want in that price range, a really lovely lovely place to spend a night!It loses one star for the rather uninspiring bar but that's all, and it's a bar pitched to the locals not the overnight guest so that's perfectly reasonable. Friendly, spacious and spotless. A grand night :) More...

3 July 2012

This is a brilliant pub and, in my opinion, the best in Burley.Not knowing the awesomeness of this pub, I unfortunately ate before coming here so can't comment on the quality of the food but the menu looked fantastic and I was surrounded by loads of very happy looking people munching away on steak, perfectly cooked eggs, etc.  The ambiance and good beers on tap set this place apart but the friendliness of the bar staff make it a wonderful local.  Don't be swayed by the Red Lion's enticing beer garden, the Queen's Head has one too!  Just come here, now. More...

20 October 2009

One of, it not the nicest, pub in Ilkley, the commonly named Queen's Head is anything but a common pub.It has no television screens, instead prefering to create an authentic, old school pub environment in which people have to socialise and talk, rather than stare blankly at a sports match. This gives the place its own rather different vibe - friendly and chatty while still remaining intimate and private if you want it to be. Good fresh beers and standard pricing, it is the perfect place to either start a night out in Ilkley or just to have one pint. The Queen's Head is also the proud owner of a sound courtyard drinking area. It's old school, but it's good. More...

7 August 2009

Brilliant pub. Great selection of wines and beers and the best steak I have had in ages.