Project Mews House, York

The owner of this 1980s home wanted to bring the property back into the present day with a high spec refurbishment; upgrading the energy efficiency of the building in the process was key. The property was stripped back to the bare structure with all but three existing walls removed. The thermal envelope of the building was upgraded and a highly efficient reconfiguration of the internal layout maximised the available space, including the installation of a 2nd floor in the roof void with fantastic views of York Minster.

Fitting and fixtures were of a high quality throughout and specialist consultants were engaged for the staircase and the bespoke joinery. New high performance Accoya windows were installed with vastly improved thermal efficiency. Triple glazed roof lights provide additional daylight whilst minimising heat losses and the weathered oriel windows and glazed balcony were removed and re-built to a high standard. Large format Italian porcelain tiles were used in the kitchen and bathrooms and engineered oak flooring was used in the bedrooms, matching the internal doors. Highly optimised heating and hot water installations replaced the outdated and poorly performing systems previously in place with intelligent electrical controls for the new underfloor heating system. These features, combined with the improved insulation levels, a good level of air-tightness and and a new heat recovery ventilation system, provide a vastly improved level of occupant comfort.

The project was awarded the 2019 York Design Award for Sustainability.