Park Lodge is the kind of project you just don’t forget in a hurry. Located in a leafy conservation area in Jesmond it highlights how a building can be completely repurposed and given a new future to create an exceptional low-energy new build home.
Park Lodge most likely dates from the turn of the 19th/20th century and is part of the historic setting of the Mansion House built in 1896, a private residence formed out of two adjacent dwellings and subsequently altered and updated when it was later bequeathed to the city in 1953.
When Mr & Mrs Stewart purchased the property it had been unoccupied for two years and it was in desperate need of building work to turn it into a more habitable home with PassivHaus design principles.
JD Joinery and Building Services worked with the client and the architect very closely to take the project to completion. The footprint of the building was extended and dormer windows installed in the roof to create a more open first floor living space. Two of the original building walls were retained and throughout the complicated building programme, the focus remained on constructing a lasting home of character.
The client wanted Park Lodge to offer sustainable living and a low-carbon build and the property was designed to meet high standards of minimal energy consumption through the building fabric, structure and utilities. Creating a stunning final property that is an asset to the local area.
The client has been pleased with the final outcome of Park Lodge, commenting
“We bought a derelict cottage and our plan was to pull down but retain two walls as required by Planning and Conservation Officers. The build was to be as near Passivhaus as possible. Our architect was both familiar with the technology and with building in the York conservation area.
“We were about to put the job out to tender when we saw an article in the Journal about JD Joinery and Building Services having built a PassivHaus in Allendale, Northumberland. We went to see it and the owners were complimentary about Joe and his team. Joe then won the contract as he was familiar with the requirements.
“Throughout the build Joe’s team were very professional and all men on the site were polite and respectful at all times and kept the place tidy.
“From the beginning we made it clear that the job was to be high quality with a lot of attention required for the finishing detail. With the architect being based in Yorkshire we were very hands on clients which Joe and the team dealt with very well.
“As with all such projects many problems were encountered along the way and the JD team dealt with them very professionally. We were very pleased with Joe’s hands on approach and he dealt with any issues in a “can do” manner, looking for solutions rather than finding problems.
“We are very pleased with our new home and would not hesitate in recommending JDJ to anyone.”