We were brought to this project by Jeremy Walker of Heath-Walker associates. His client had bought a very run-down house with a shop front within a conservation area. The shops in Myddleton Road featured in the first episode of the 1999 Channel 4 sitcom Spaced.
The property had a very rotten roof in poor condition with rotten joists. We installed a new roof structure and floor joists using Easi-joists. We installed new floors throughout the building and fitted new bathrooms. The attic was converted into a loft studio.
The entire heating and plumbing system was overhauled. Underfloor heating was installed on the whole ground floor and radiators on the upper floors. An MVHR system was installed providing constant fresh warm air to every room. The heating, lighting and MVHR systems are controlled by a Loxone smart home system. New triple glazed windows were installed throughout.
To the rear we constructed a two storey timber frame extension insulated with Icynene. It includes a very large new kitchen with huge sliding doors to the garden. The 2nd floor of the extension comprises a bedroom and bathroom
The shop front was deep refurbished with strict planning conditions on retaining the original look. The Loxone system is used for smart metering to split utility bills between the house and the shop.
The building now has near passive levels of insulation, airtightness and heat demand. This is a typical project for Bow Tie Construction – taking an existing low-performance building and restoring and refurbishing it the highest standards of comfort and energy performance.
“I have enormous respect for Bow Tie as a contractor: It’s a real pleasure not having constant battles and headaches from a builder trying to do the bare minimum.”
“Rafael is particularly knowledgeable about green issues and we now have a kitchen/breakfast room which is easy and cheap to heat in the winter and cool in the summer.”
“Rafael’s product knowledge and technical skills helped us solve many tricky problems and ultimately produce our dream home. Thanks Rafael!”
“We found Rafael polite and enthusiastic, and very quick to grasp what we wanted from the build – he has great communication skills.”
“I did get the benefit of regular updates and involvement in the project so I could see the quality of the work.”