The clients felt that their house was unbalanced and nothing matched. The project was phased but comprised of extensive internal alterations. Construction of the matching bay window to the right, removal of the dormer and rebuilding of the left bay as well as renewal of the porch. We then landscaped and laid two new patios.
Here we used our imagination and carpentry skills when the customer wanted to upgrade an old softwood staircase but without the upheaval of a complete replacement.
We replaced the newels, spindles, handrails and strings in oak as well as rebuilding the under-stair area with oak-veneered ply to give a very cost effective makeover.
Brackstone Builders were commissioned to supply and fit a new kitchen with granite worktops and Aga. We constructed a mock fireplace in hand made bricks with a Bath Stone Ashlar lintel over and incorporating an old bread oven door before installing an electric Aga. The bread oven door provides access to the extraction system for service and cleaning.
The work entailed the complete internal refurbishment. Alterations to window openings and re-roofing as well as the complete removal of the external blockwork and replacement with hand made bricks and Ashlar Bath Stone. Two extensions were also added.
The garage was converted to a games room and the existing stables to open bay garages.
Externally the drive and parking areas were landscaped and a pool was constructed which can be seen in a later project.
During renovations to an old farmhouse in Poulshot we discovered the remnants of a collapsed and damaged inglenook fireplace, which was full of rubble.
We carefully removed the plaster from the wall and found we were able to recycled the old bricks - but in planning the rebuild we had found the ideal location for the owner's new cookery range.
We completely rebuilt the fireplace using all of the old bricks and the original timber set in lime mortar work. The clients were absolutely thrilled with the result.
Our flexible approach was demonstrated very clearly during renovation and refurbishment work on an 1800’s home in Great Cheverell.
Part of the project involved replacing a defective ceiling and during the course of this we discovered interesting and attractive timberwork above the ceiling. Working with the owners, we decided to amend the project and put Celotex between the rafters at high level, clean the timbers and add in one more substantial beam.
To complete the impact, we raked out and repointed in lime mortar the old cracked brickwork on the gable and the end result effect was a superb galleried ceiling with huge character – a really superb addition to the refurbishment which the clients were over the moon about.
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