Much of our initial inspiration for woodcraft came from working on and looking at old buildings. Having worked on buildings all over Britain, you notice the subtle transition of building techniques as you change through different geographical areas. Even in our own area moving across the Blackdown Hills from west to east, you notice the buildings changing from cob to chert with brick quoins and on again to sandstone. Even the roof covering changes from thatch to Roman tiles to Ragstone. It is a fascinating demonstration of how the geology, ecology and subsequent wealth of an area are an inherent part of the vernacular architecture.
We have had considerable experience in both the design of sympathetic additions and the repair of vernacular buildings. We adhere to a policy of minimal intervention with the aim of retaining as much of the historic material as feasible. We often find that much of what has been condemned can be saved, and with the use of appropriate techniques, we can maintain much of the history and character of a building where it otherwise would be lost. It is also worth considering that this less intrusive attitude to restoration will very often be a lot quicker and cheaper than other options.
The first port of call is a thorough assessment of the building’s state. From that we can draw up a schedule of repairs and associated plans. This can then be used to give an accurate estimation of costs, and also the level of impact any works may have, in order to attain listed building consent where that is necessary.