Why getting an interior designer involved at the start of your project might be the key to achieving your dream home!

MAS Design Consultants are collaborating more and more with the fabulous Surman & Co. Interior Design Studio, based in Ilkley. Sturman & Co. Interior Design Studio, established in 2011 by Bess Sturman, has become the go-to Yorkshire Interior Design Studio for original, beautiful and practical interior designs.

You might not be sure that your project even requires an interior designer.  Let’s assess:

You have decided that you want to add an extension to the back of your house. You have the space worked out in your head and can imagine it as a brand-new kitchen and open-plan living space, lovely bi-fold doors, pendant lights, you whipping up a cordon-bleu meal while the children finish their homework amicably at the breakfast bar – basically it’s the new heart to your perfect home.

But unless you are already an industry expert, any sort of building project requires a lot of planning and know-how. There are so many different elements to consider such as building materials, electrics, planning, plumbing, joinery, decoration and much, much more. 


So, you need help. But from whom? 

An architect or architectural designer mainly focusses on a building’s shell – its planning, design and construction.  

An Interior designer focusses on creating memorable, positive experiences inside that shell, for the users of the space. 

The ideal scenario comes about when your architectural services provider and your interior designer work closely together, from the outset.  

So how does this process actually work? Let’s have a look at a recent case study.

Case Study: Large family home, Ilkley

Sturman & Co. came to MAS Design on behalf of a client who was looking to extend their home to create a large kitchen/diner as well as an en-suite to the second floor of their home. By truly understanding the clients needs as a family, from where the kids kick off their muddy boots to the angle at which the sun shines on the garden and how that might affect the mood of the room, Sturman & Co. were able to provide us with a plan that meant that no stone had been left unturned. We then analysed the plans to make sure that there were no forseeable issues prior to producing our detailed drawings. 


Working collaboratively meant that at each stage of the design process, we were considering the final outcome to ensure the best possible solution for the client. 


A great example of this is the glass covering three walls of the extension. Without Sturman & Co. involved in the process, there may have been a concern around whether this would leave enough space for kitchen cabinets. Knowing that Sturman & Co. had a holistic view of the entire project meant that we could push our designs and has resulted in a beautiful transformation of this property. 

 My husband and I had been going round in circles trying to decide on the best way to remodel our home to create a kitchen-diner. We were worried about making a decision that we might later regret. A friend recommended that I should speak to Bess and I immediately knew I’d made the right decision. Bess asked all the right questions and came up with ideas that we never would have thought of ourselves. By having a good idea of how we would live in the space both now and as our daughter grows up, we have been able to create a kitchen-diner that is not only beautiful, but works perfectly for the way we live . Bess worked closely with MAS Design Consultants on our behalf to get the drawings in place, which was perfect as we both have busy jobs and little time. Bess has been there from start to finish on our project and are delighted with the final result.
— Mrs J - Client, Ilkley Family Home
I have worked with Mark for some years now and we have enjoyed working on some incredible projects together. The benefit of being able to closely collaborate right from the start has proved to be invaluable for delivering projects to the exceptionally high-standards that our clients expect. Through gaining an in-depth knowledge and understanding of our clients at the beginning of a project, and using this information to influence every step of the design process, we are able to get it right for our clients, first time, every time.
— Bess Sturman - Sturman & Co. Interior Design Studio
As designing, constructing or renovating a building takes up a large chunk of a client’s budget, in many cases, interior designers are engaged into a project towards the end of the conceptual stage – much like an afterthought. The irony is that this can in fact make a project more expensive in the long run – and more often than not results in families living in an unfinished, undecorated property for months after the building work has finished!
— Mark Scatchard - MAS Design Consultants Ltd.

If you are interested in finding out more, contact us here at MAS Design Consultants or contact Bess via her website https://www.sturmanco.com or on 01943 678080.

MAS Design Consultants - Fantastic Night at Otley Cycle Races 2019!

MAS Design Consultants are always proud to support local cycling talent. As a keen cyclist himself, Mark Scatchard has sponsored a number of local teams and events over the years. As mentioned in a previous blog, MAS are now proud sponsors of the ‘Fensham Howes - MAS Design’ Junior Cycling Team; made up of four talented, local lads - Sam Watson, Bob Donaldson, Joe Pidcock and James Wordsworth. Mark has also been sponsor of the PH-MAS/Paul Milnes junior team for a number of years.

As cycling events go, Otley Cycle Races has to be one of the most popular and well organised events of the year. This year was no exception - what a fantastic evening. MAS Design and guests enjoyed the luxury of a VIP evening - amazing weather, delicious food, a well-stocked bar and some really impressive cycling talent speeding round the famous Otley town centre circuit.

MAS Design sponsored the boys Youth Race at the event - many of the PH-MAS/Paul Milnes riders performed well in the field of nearly 50 riders. The Chevin Cycles Classic race saw James Wordsworth of ‘Fensham Howes - MAS Design’ achieving 4th place and Joe Pidcock coming in at 15th place. The main event of the evening, the Men’s Elite Race, was a hard fought battle resulting in a photo finish with Tom Pidcock taking 2nd place on the podium. Robert Donaldson of ‘Fensham Howes - MAS Design’ finished in 25th place - well done Bob!

Mark’s guests at the races included Nathan & Claire Varley of ‘Metalcraft Europe’, Neil & Bec Creeney of ‘Almscliffe Properties Ltd.’, Aidy & Clare Fawell of ‘Fawell Building & Landscape Contractors’ and Andy & Angela Cooper of ‘Arena Construction’. A great time was had by all!

MAS Design shortlisted as a finalist in the West Yorkshire Building Excellence Awards 2019!

MAS Design Consultants Ltd has been shortlisted for six projects in twelve categories at this year’s LABC Building Excellence Awards!

The LABC Regional Building Excellence Awards are the largest business to business awards in the building control sector. They recognise excellent quality in all types of building project. The awards celebrate achievements in the construction industry. They reward excellent buildings, outstanding companies, and individuals that go that extra mile. Some of the key criteria being looked at by LABC are:

  • High levels of compliance with building regulations

  • Effective working relationships with LABC surveyors

  • Outstanding craftsmanship

  • Technical innovation

  • Sustainability and high performance

  • Ability to solve technical problems with creative solutions

  • Use of innovative products and the skills to overcome difficult site conditions

The awards ceremony will take place on the 7th June 2019. If a MAS Design project is a winner it will compete against the North and East Yorkshire and South Yorkshire winners and may be selected to go forward to the LABC Grand Finals, taking place in London on Friday 8 November.

Competition has been stronger than ever this year and being shortlisted is a great accomplishment - especially with six different projects! It is a testament to the hard work and great working relationships that MAS Design Consultants strive to achieve every day! #labcawards!


Best individual new home

Best individual new home

Best individual new home

Best individual new home

MAS Design Consultants Sponsors Local Junior Cycle Team

MAS Design Consultants are always proud to support local cycling talent. As a keen cyclist himself, Mark Scatchard has sponsored a number of local teams and events over the years. This weekend Mark attended the launch of the ‘Fensham Howes - MAS Design’ Junior Cycling Team; made up of four talented, local lads - Sam Watson, Bob Donaldson, Joe Pidcock and James Wordsworth. Watch this space as we will no doubt be posting updates on their success before too long!

You might recognise Joe’s family name - as younger brother to the World and European u23 cycle-cross champion, Tom Pidcock. Tom started his cycling career as part of the PH-MAS Junior cycling team and has gone on to dominate both on and off road around the world.

Wishing the lads the best of luck in 2019!

Famous Guiseley Landmark to be Converted by MAS Design Consultants!

MAS Design Consultants Ltd. have gained planning permission to turn Guiseley Water Tower into a house. This famous local landmark is currently unused and in real danger of falling into further disrepair. Although the building is not actually listed, it is certainly well known by locals and the application has been really well received. The main aim of the MAS design plans for this building are to create something visually appealing and in-keeping with the local, rural vernacular. Conserving and retaining the beauty of our amazing Yorkshire surroundings has always been at the heart of MAS Design Consultant’s ethos.

Take a look at the plans for the water tower - what a transformation. Our very own architectural technician Darren Butland has created some fantastic sketches of the proposed converted dwelling too!

For more information about MAS Design conservation projects take a look at our website https://www.masdesignconsultants.com/conservation/

Or read coverage of the water tower projects here:

Ilkley Gazette Article

Yorkshire Post Article

MAS designs a fantastic fitness studio in Menston!

Power Health & Fitness has opened in Menston village. This gorgeous boutique studio, designed by MAS Design Consultants, opened its doors to the public in December 2018. Can you believe this building used to be an antiques shop!? The transformation has created a really modern and friendly space - which works well for the Power team whose ethos is all about personal approach and individual goals.

Photos to follow of Mr Mark ‘MAS’ Scatchard himself enjoying a personal training session courtesy of the brilliant Tom and Callum at Power Health & Fitness!

To find out more about the project visit:


If you’re interested in improving your fitness in 2019 visit:


MAS Design New Build Achieves Highest Energy-Efficiency Rating

A new build house in Menston has been awarded one of the highest energy efficiency ratings possible. This eco-home, designed by MAS Design Consultants Ltd. and built by excellent local builders DPI has taken ‘Passivhaus’ design elements and created a truly earth-friendly building. As well as reducing air leakage, getting rid of thermal bridges, increasing insulation levels, and making good use of glazing for solar gain, the MAS/DPI teams have added water-catchment systems and solar panels to create an almost self-sufficient property.

Although energy efficient homes are being designed and built more regularly throughout the UK, it can be quite a challenge to get it right from the design stages all the way through to the actual build. This fantastic home is proof that MAS & DPI know what they are doing! Contact MAS Design today for more information or if you are interested in building an energy efficient property of your own.