Sycamore started the restoration top down. We replaced the roof and pump-insulated the attic rafters. The defunct chimney was removed and rain water goods repaired.
To really breathe new life into the house a rear extension was added for a modern new kitchen and dining area with custom rooflight which transforms the light and use of space.
But first we needed to demolish the derelict outbuildings to allow the extension and space for a courtyard. Updating the very old drainage was important here as was supporting the existing house foundations.
The other important preparatory work was dry-lining the walls. They had layers and layers of wallpaper, newspaper and paint on them which our clients painstakingly removed. Original period features like the coving and architraves were kept where possible to keep the character and the original internal doors remain. They even found an original ceiling rose which was fitted back where it belongs.
Upgrading the glazing but maintaining the character is not easy but here we installed siding slash windows to the front. And for the modern new kitchen a 2-part aluminium patio slider to access the courtyard and back lane.
The old house was re-wired and re-plumbed throughout including new radiators, a gas condensing boiler & pumped tank in the attic. Finishing off with two new shower rooms which are bang up to date with a lot of thought and personal touches.
We wish our clients many more years to put their own mark on this slice of history.