The Old Chapel, Old Malton


The Old Chapel was purchased by Bear Builders two directors, Lawrence Risi and Bjorn Risi, in 2017.

The property, formerly owned by Fitzwilliam Trust, had extant planning permission to be converted into a two bed dwelling. Lawrence and Bjorn saw a great opportunity to create a show piece for the kind of work that they have built a reputation for in the area.

With a no expense spared approach to the build, great care was taken to restore the building to an impeccable standard. The property benefitted from a total re-roof using high quality Welsh slate. The dilapidated lower stone work was systematically removed, re-faced and re-laid around the base of the building with the remining stone work being sand blasted and re-pointed to remove the years of dirt that had built up.

Care was taken to retain original features such as the feature brick archway to the front elevation. The window openings were extended downwards to allow light to both ground floor and first floor rooms. These were finished with a combination of handmade sliding sash and flush casement windows. A large full height, floor to roof gable window was added, finished with handmade oak double doors. Sand stone heads and cills were supplied by Dringstone Ltd.

The addition of an oversized triple roof window which is over 3 meters x 2.5 meters creates a fantastic light well down to the ground floor giving a wide-open feel. The light is brought into each of the bedrooms with the use of internal windows, giving a contemporary twist.

Oak is used throughout the build with oak cupboard doors, bedroom doors and detailing in the kitchen. These are beautifully framed with skirting boards, architraves and door frames being finished in Farrow & Ball Railings paint.

Lawrence and Bjorn designed and commissioned a local fabricator to construct a contemporary steel framed stair case, with open string and risers. This is finished with thick, air dried oak treads finished with a clear coat lacquer.

A luxury Laura Ashley kitchen was specified, along with high-end integrated Smeg appliances and integrated wine cooler. Bear Builders joinery team constructed a bespoke oak larder unit which also houses the integrated fridge.

Polished limestone flags were used to finish the ground floor, which also includes underfloor heating throughout. Other final finishes were added, including bespoke upcycled light fittings made using titanium jet engine fearing’s from Typhoon aircraft, cast iron bath tub, log burner and 100% natural Sisal carpets.

The use of wall, floor and ceiling lights on dimmer switches have been used throughout to create various light and mood settings.

The entire Bear Builders team have spent a considerable amount of time and effort into the design and final finish of the property to create a genuine exceptional finish.

If you are considering using our services, you would be more than welcome to visit The Old Chapel to see the high standard we work to for yourself – Just ask!!

Project value: £190k

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