A grand place

We’ve designed some stunning Yorkshire properties
but it doesn’t have to be grand to be great –
it has to be right. Rely on us to get it.

From homes to healthcare centres

Niche Design Architects design and manage a wide range of projects worth £50,000 upwards. You choose how far through the process you want us to go.

Whatever your project is, we guarantee to impress with our creativity, skill, experience and warmth.

Our works spans Leeds, Bradford, Skipton, Harrogate, Ilkley, Otley, Keighley, Wetherby, the Yorkshire Dales and beyond.


You might want a light-giving extension for your Harrogate semi-detached. Or do you need a garden office in Gargrave? Perhaps you have ambitions to self-build your own place on Ilkley Moor?

Or maybe you’re trying to get planning permission for a Yorkshire Dales barn conversion or you’d like to refurbish your Wetherby listed cottage?

Whatever it is, let’s lift your project off the ground and make it soar.


Are you an organisation or business looking to build a new premises? Or perhaps it’s an alteration, conversion or extension to transform an existing building that’s needed?

Whatever the function of your organisation or business, public or private sector, Niche Design has the experience to produce designs for great-looking buildings that match the brief and keep to budget.

Our projects range in value from £50,000 to several million and our 30 years’ combined architectural experience takes in landmark healthcare centres, community complexes and other high profile buildings.

Kirkby healthcare


Are you a developer looking for a talented and experienced pair of hands for your architecture and unbeatable levels of client service?

Niche Design’s work is by no means limited to private houses or business projects. We have 30 years’ combined experience in producing architectural designs for projects around the UK, including multimillion pound residential developments.

As a former Design Manager for an award-winning housebuilder, Chris Hunt offers a rare combination of creative talent alongside thorough knowledge of contracting and larger developments.

Niche Design is known for maximising the value of land and property through intelligent design. We are experienced at negotiating complex schemes with planning authorities and consultees.

Niche Design not only produces designs for new builds but achieves stunning transformations through its alterations, conversions, extensions and refurbishments of existing developments. Our portfolio includes:

  • Listed Buildings
  • Green Belt
  • Conservation Area
  • National Park developments

In addition to benefiting from top calibre architecture, developers can rest assured their projects will be paid the closest attention by our small, friendly and dedicated team.

Askham Park and Saw Wood Barns

Planning to save time

You’ll find working with us saves time and stress. Our meticulous attention to detail and knowledge of the planning authorities – from the Yorkshire Dales National Park to Leeds City Council – maximises the chances of achieving planning approval.

And you’ll love the result. Designing new buildings, conversions and alterations that blend with their surroundings and exploit space and light is a fine art that we’ve perfected over many years.

What’s your project?

Barn conversion

Located so close to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Niche has plenty of experience in barn conversions. We excel in combining modern design and maximising light without losing the feel of the traditional barn.

Getting Planning Permission can be a stumbling block – with permission often required for Change of Use or for development in a Green Belt or Conservation Area.

See examples of our barn conversions

Garden room

These are popular with people who work from home, or for those simply looking for an alternative to a house extension to add an extra room to their home, perhaps a guest room with en-suite.

Niche Design will create a garden room or office as simple or elaborate as you require but will use creativity and skill to make sure it blends with both your house and garden.

See examples of our garden offices

House alteration, extension or conversion

At Niche Design, we’re firm believers that houses should fit the way people live and not the other way round. That’s why it gives us such pleasure to help so many people each year transform their much-loved homes into spaces that suit their ever-changing lifestyles.

Whether it’s a new open plan kitchen-diner, a garden room or a stone extension you’re looking for, we’ll make use of every inch of space and each source of light to bring your home up to date with integrity.

See examples of our house alterations, extensions and conversions

House refurbishment

Niche Design has worked with many clients looking to update their homes without extending or making major structural changes. With skill and experience, such refurbishments and remodelling can nevertheless transform the spaces of an existing property to make it as good as new.

We’d be delighted to talk to you about how to make your home better suit your needs. Whether it’s advice on adding an en-suite or a feasibility sketch for a basement conversion, we’d love to help.

See examples of our house refurbishments

House self-build

If you’re taking the exciting step of custom-building your dream home from scratch, we know it’s not just a steady pair of hands you’re looking for in your architect. You need a talented team that can listen to your ideas then use ingenuity and flair to create a property to make you proud.

As you’ll see from the stunning properties in our portfolio, Niche Design loves nothing more than the challenge of designing bespoke one-offs that clients love. As well as meticulous technical expertise and a friendly approach, we’ll offer you that extra something in the design that you’re looking for.

Design for Planning Permission

We’re also happy to produce designs for landowners seeking Planning Permissions to maximise land value.

house self-builds

Commercial development

At Niche we have a strong track record in helping organisations and businesses take their premises to a new level through clever design.

Whether it’s a new build healthcare centre or an office refurbishment, we have the experience and talent to provide designs for buildings that really work.

Kirkby healthcare

Residential development

Niche Design has many years of experience working with residential developers on multimillion pound projects.

We excel in creating outstanding and technically flawless designs that fit the brief down to the ground. As well as new builds, our projects include altering, converting or extending buildings of historic or other significance.

You’ll also be impressed by our warm and friendly client service.

Askham Park and Saw Wood Barns

Is your building Listed or in a Conservation Area?

With our location so close to the Yorkshire Dales, it’s no surprise that a high percentage of the properties we deal with lie in Conservation and Green Belt areas or within the National Park.

Listed Buildings also feature regularly in Niche Design’s portfolio, which boasts some wonderful properties around the region protected for their historic, architectural or other value.

Whether it’s your building or the land around it that is to be preserved, your project will require care and architectural skill – as well as specialist Planning Permissions.

Sustainable Development

At Niche Design, we believe that the principles of sustainability, as well as excellent design, should underpin all our projects. We therefore promote these values to our clients, while understanding the constraints within which they may be working.

Many of our projects incorporate the principles of a highly insulated and airtight building envelope. Where appropriate, these are combined with the use of renewable technologies such as ground and air source heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar.

We also work with consultants and suppliers who are expert in the use of renewables.

Extra Services

Over three decades of combined practice, the architects at Niche Design have built up strong partnerships and relationships with a range of high quality builders, expert consultants and other service providers and professionals who could help with the development of your property.

We’d be happy to recommend the region’s best practitioners – so please ask.

Landscape and Garden Design

Niche Design is partnered with Wharfedale-based Helen Taylor Landscape and Garden Design, who has developed award-winning gardens and parks.

Her services can be offered under one appointment and include:

  • landscape design
  • planting schemes
  • tree surveys
  • tree protection plans

Also visit http://www.helentaylorgardendesign.co.uk/