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49 SWAN STREET SIBLE HEDINGHAM TIMBERFRAME REFURBISHMENT - THE STORY SO FAR

Monday, 02 February 2015

Since then, after extensive discussions with Heritage and other professional advisors, the owner, Brian Day, has embarked on an ambitious and high quality refurbishment scheme.  The old Victorian additions at the back have been taken out and the remainder of the frame exposed.

So far, all the ancillary Victorian and more recent work has been stripped out so that the shape of the frame is as it was originally.  Old sections of more recent lath and plaster and metal lathing have also been removed.  The roof has been stripped, a new softwood roof placed over the original so as to provide uniformity in roof slope, ridge line etc.  The gable ends have been pulled back into vertical and rafters supported internally with an additional purlin and vertical strutting. Insulation has been introduced to comply with Building Regulations and the roof lined with ply sheeting to give rigidity and to allow space for ventilation.  The roof is about to be re-tiled.  The chimney is being repointed and new brickwork added.

Internally, the chimney breasts and fireplaces have been repointed and, of considerable interest, is the rejuvenation of the oak frame by the use of dry ice blasting.  This is a very sensitive method of cleaning the top surface, removing old paintwork, stains etc. without causing any surface damage.  The result is quite remarkable. 

My client has indicated that it would be in order for a further seminar to be put together within the next 6 weeks when the building should be a little more friendly from a health and safety point of view!

If you would like to visit the property, please send me an email using the following:

            andrew.mcleod@whybrow.net

Please click here to see a series of photographs which should whet your appetite and to see the transition taking place is a lesson in itself since it shows the quality and resilience of the original timber frame structure. 

I hope that this exercise stimulates your interest in this type of property and, if you have any queries, or should you wish to refer me to any of your friends, clients etc., please feel free to do so.

Best Wishes

Andrew McLeod   FRICS

andrew.mcleod@whybrow.net

 

ENDS

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