Renovations, Conversions, Refurbishments, Extensions, New Design & Build, Essex & London
The key to a successful building restoration is to retain some of the original features and integrate them into the modifications. This is a wonderful way to ensure that the unique character of the building is not lost. The presence of original stone floors, wooden beams, old staircases or period fire places not only adds charm to the surroundings, but adds a touch of luxury, as this type of addition, if new would be pretty expensive. Leaving echo’s of the past like this in place, not only demonstrates a knowledge of design, but also shows a regard for the history of a building, and preserves it’s integrity.
Many specialists in renovation like to allow the building to inform the project, they will peel back the layers which have been added over the years. Removal of numerous coats of paint, and concrete floor coverings can reveal the beauty of a historic structure, retrieving it’s personality. The design can also give a nod towards the local industry and community spirit, if for instance the property is in a mining village.
Extensions can be created in a similar vein to the existing architecture, with details like exposed brickwork and original timber doors and architraves. It’s surprising how well old and new can coexist and compliment each other, if done properly.
At Thornwood, we have a vast experience of restorations, along with renovations and conversions, and have completed some outstandingly successful projects. These include conversion of a group of chicken sheds into a beautiful bungalow, and the stunning conversion of a disused barn which is a grade 2 listed building. This meant extremely gentle restoration, as there were very tight and uncompromising restrictions on what could be changed or modified.
Measures included keeping much of the existing timber, installation of slim profile heritage style windows, use of dowels to mask metal bolts, application of traditional period lime mortar mixes and use of original brickwork and reclaimed bricks. See our Refurbishments page for details or our Gallery page for the spectacular results!