Grade II C17th Thatched Timber Frame Cottage with Wattle & Daub Infill Panels

Survey & Condition:

  • Structural decay and movement to oak timber frame members to lower roof rafters and front elevation
  • Failing thatch to roof
  • Previous inappropriate repairs to external elevation using cement mortars & renders
  • Previous inappropriate repairs to internal plasters using cement renders and gypsum
  • Moisture ingress encouraging damp & decay
  • Decay to casement window cills

Schedule of Repairs:

  • Replacement of decayed oak timber frame and localised repairs
  • Replace failed roof rafters
  • Remove decayed thatch and re-thatch to whole roof using wheat straw
  • Replacement of brick infill panels using lime mortars and matching handmade bricks
  • Repair & consolidate existing wattle& daub panels on a like-for-like basis
  • Removal of previous inappropriate external cement repointing to brick & flint plinth and repoint with lime mortar
  • Removal of previous inappropriate external cement render to timber frame and replace lath & plaster with a roughcast render
  • Removal of internal cement renders & gypsum plaster. Consolidate existing lime plaster and replace on a like-for-like basis
  • In-situ scarfed repairs to casement window cills
We have a Grade II listed thatched cottage which has required varying amounts of repair and restoration over the last few years. Ray has a wealth of knowledge and expertise working with old properties and has provided invaluable advice in both the planning and delivery phases. He has been able to guide us through the expectations of the conservation department, whilst always managing to take into consideration our needs and preferences both aesthetically and practically. He is reliable, arrives on time, provides ongoing progress reports and liaises to ensure we are happy with the work and progress. Ray’s attention to detail and his pride in his work ensures every aspect is covered and we have been delighted with the high quality work. It is a pleasure to have him working at the house and he ensures all is clean and tidy at the end of every day. He actively communicates and liaises well with other workmen. We have always been greatly pleased with the work Ray has done on our property and would have no hesitation in recommending him.