With over 40% of our projects since 2016 being either Grade II listed, or sites within a conservation area, our experience in restoring, renovating and extending heritage sites is extensive.
Undertaking work on period properties requires skill and craftmanship - the ability to deliver an exceptional finish, working with original features, often uneven walls and using many traditional materials. It's important to truly care about the heritage of a building and work collaboratively and respectfully with the local conservation teams.
We’ve worked on many historical buildings including the former home of Harold Pinter, a 19th Century coach house and a family home in Surrey that dates as far back as the 15th Century.
Many of our London projects sit within tightly governed conservation areas. In one recent project the original hand-carved brick motifs were carefully removed piece by piece and catalogued in advance of rebuilding the single gable on the front elevation.
Listed buildings are so because they are historically significant, however that doesn’t mean they can only be restored and never changed. Many of our projects have incorporated highly contemporary extensions and interiors. Often a historian governing a project would prefer to be able to 'date' the sections of a home, rather than see us try to make a new extension 'look old'.
If a property’s condition is such that change will be sympathetic, whilst preserving and retaining it’s historical value, then it is simply a case of understanding and patiently working through the requirements of listed building consent.
Extending properties to the rear remains the most common approach to increasing space. Light filled glass extensions that create the perfect kitchen and dining space, opening seamlessly onto gardens, are still a popular choice. Increasingly however homeowners are looking to dig down to create new spaces and we have successfully completed a number of basement projects both in London and the South East.
Restoring and creatively extending period homes is a privilege and a joy. The care, attention to detail and craftsmanship required is significant but then the completed project is always something our team is immensely proud of.