Mike transforms an old shop into another show stopper for city
BEST-KNOWN for creating homes that stop traffic, Michael Hammill’s latest property is a lesson in how to spot and develop potential.
He saw this former car spares shop while viewing a nearby house and knew he could transform it from commercial to residential use. Fortunately, York Council agreed to his proposals.
“It had been empty for 18 months and I took a chance by buying it without planning permission. Luckily, the planners were very supportive,” he says. “There was a forecourt but I could see I could put a boundary wall back round the house and although it didn’t have much outside space, I could see there was space for a private roof terrace by changing a small pitched roof into a flat roof.”
Mike’s vision is legendary in the property industry. His property portfolio embraces several restorations and new developments in Yorkshire and beyond. These include The Grange, a 410-student accommodation scheme in York, a £7m development of James House in the city, apartments in Mawsons Court, Walmgate and a range of conversions such as the Sutton Lodge and Barn, Hollies Farm and Barn and five flats on Clifton Green.
His most talked about project is York’s Zero House, a five-bedroom, three-storey, contemporary eco home just off Clifton Green on Water Lane. A self-build designed by architect Nick Midgley, the striking modern property has a gullwing roof.
His latest home has retained its period exterior, but inside it reflects contemporary tastes.
“There were no period features and it needed renovation so I put in everything from new drains to new doors and a staircase. One of the key things was getting light in without losing privacy,” says Mike, who fitted the property with his trademark extra wide doors and kitchen featuring an island work space and pop up extractor and walls of sleek hidden cupboards
The end townhouse, which is a short walk from York’s historic centre, has a large kitchen, living room with wood burning stove, four double-bedrooms including a master en-suite, a rooftop terrace, courtyard garden, garage and off-street parking.
Sam Potrykus, valuer at Hunters the Estate Agent, says: “This property is truly exceptional and needs to be viewed internally to be fully appreciated. In addition to its outstanding interior, it has many attractions including walking distance to the city centre, close to the hospital and with easy access to York link roads”.
Mike, who is selling and moving onto another challenge, says: “I’m really pleased with how this has turned out and it shows what you can do with a former shop. There are quite a few properties like this that have no use as retail anymore.”