We carried out extensive and substantial repairs using oak splices to a 300 year old property in Marston.
The work comprised major plate repairs and replacing the corner post in its entirety while maintaining the integrity of this interesting old building.
Our craftsmen employed their knowledge of stonemasonry and carpentry to carry out the repairs using traditional materials and lime mortar.
This is a triple garage with an oak frame effect but the main construction being in softwood without it being obvious. This keeps costs at a sensible level while producing a traditional style open bay garage. The Façade is all green oak on staddle stones white the studs, trusses and feather edge are all in softwood. Roof is tiled in Retained Double Roman Tiles.
After completion the body of the house asked about the possibility of a traditional clock tower which we sourced and fitted.
We were commissioned to replace a large section of sole plate to the rear of the property which required some very intricate propping. The sole plate was replaced in lengths and the vertical frame was cleated to the plate before reinstating low level brickwork.
To the front of the property we had many rotten sections of oak to replace and a number of brick panels were rebuilt in lime mortar.
The property was transformed from a very unstable structure to a sound dwelling that will now last for many generations.
Once the client had redecorated it was extremely difficult to actually see where the repairs had taken place.
This job entailed knocking down some unsightly buildings and constructing a two-bay garage with store and games room in concrete block work. To improve the visual impact we incorporated oak beams and used ebony stained featheredge boarding to provide an attractive cladding.
Careful siting and design meant that this improvement provided the additional benefit of altering the outlook from our clients’ property by effectively blocking the view of some rather unsightly, neighbouring, barns.
We also created a shingle access driveway to compete this project.
We replaced an old wooden five-bar gate with a pair of modern, heavy duty, electronic gates.
These imposing gates formed part of a much larger conversion but provide a secure and attractive entrance to the renovated property project above being as part of a larger project. The bricks are hand made Mickelmersh with Ashlar copings and caps.
Stone Garage with Wine Store, Southwick Trowbridge - The garage was built in a sympathetic style to match a number of barn conversions we had completed 10 years previously for the same client. The walls were built in a solid construction and faced with stone. The roof is formed of old pan tiles while the apron in front is Cerney shingle.
This was a design and build project to provide a double garage and a large workshop which arose from a direct approach by a client.
Because of its very rural location, it needed to look, in some ways, like an old barn. We helped to design the building, which comprised of a block work shell which we clad in softwood sawn boarding with oak posts for an authentic effect. The roof was formed with second-hand double Roman tiles to match other buildings in the vicinity. The building was designed in such a way that it would be very simple to make this larger in the future, if required.
This old farmhouse had a tin lean-to porch on the front elevation. We initially raked out and repointed the front elevation in lime mortar. We advised the client that the porch was on the point of collapse and needed action. We agreed and accepted a brief to create a simple, no frills lean-to-porch in keeping with the farmhouse, which we achieved on time and within budget. We also paved the areas surrounding the front in an old English flagstone.
Based in Coulston, Wiltshire, This is a contemporary design and a combination of hand-made bricks, oak frame and larch cladding with paths and paving around. The roof was designed as a double hip by the architect to minimise the barn hip on the existing property. Further minor alterations were carried out to this property at the same time.
Although well known for working on period properties we are equally comfortable working on modern properties.
This scheme entailed the removal of a bay window and large walls internally to create open and spacious rooms. The propping and logistics of manoeuvring large RSJ steels and hoisting into position was extremely challenging. We also constructed a contemporary garden room and laid large Indian sandstone patios to the rear.
As part of a larger project, we constructed a large wall in Michelmersh handmade bricks together with a swimming pool with all of the associated pipework. We created a tropical style walled garden and laid a blue limestone patio. Our clients have said that on a sunny day it actually feels like they are in the tropics.
We built a very large, wrap-around extension in keeping with the existing dwelling but differentiated only because it has yet to weather in. Considerable attention to detail is required when matching into existing using natural materials.
A great example of how Brackstone’s offer complete building solutions, this project presented us with some extremely difficult logistical challenges.
The pool area was excavated out of a large bank and we had to move some pretty heavy plant into an area between two adjacent properties in order to remove thousands of tonnes of spoil. We created a 15m x 6m pool and project managed all the specialists services required to install the pool and bring it into service. We built Cotswold stone retaining walls and laid large Indian Sandstone patios to complete the project.
Since its completion we have carried out two further projects for the client.
We were commissioned to remove a rather dated concrete patio and refurbish the pool which we had constructed 10 years earlier.
We built Cotswold stone retaining walls and a large Indian Sandstone patio and also provided the base work to enable a log style cabin to act as a changing room to be constructed.
Although Brackstone Builders has become well known for work on period properties, we are equally at home working on modern properties as in this instance where we were commissioned to remove a bay window and to construct a contemporary garden room with a large Indian sandstone patio.
The scheme is sympathetic to the style of the property but presented some logistical challenges in manoeuvring large RSJ steels and hoisting them into position. The job also included substantial internal alterations including removing large walls to create open and spacious rooms at this relatively modern property.