Conservation of Historic Buildings

Conservation of Historic Farmhouse

Reclaiming the past

A 17th century property in Wiltshire comprising farmhouse and barns was a refurbishment project undertaken by Heritage Restoration in 2004/05. All the replacement work had to be done with sensitivity due to the property’s Listed Building status.

Our work involved:

  • re-roofing
  • replacement of all major structural beams and timber lintels
  • loft conversion to en-suite bedroom
  • barn conversion to holiday lets
  • laying French drain around the building
  • laying blue lias flagstones from Dorset’s Jurassic coast

A serious beetle infestation meant that all the timber lintels above the doors and windows, as well as all the major structural timbers, had to be replaced as they were completely rotten. Due to the constraints of Listed Building status, the beams had to be pushed through from the outside on the 2nd floor.

While this was a very difficult procedure, our expertise and understanding of traditional methods enabled us to perform this challenging operation with a minimum of disruption and we were able to source much of the oak and elm for the timber replacement from local reclamation yards.

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