Grove Farm  Award Winner

This refurbishment and extension of a 17th century timber-framed farmhouse demanded considerable attention to the existing timber soleplate along with substantial reconstruction of the frame to the front elevations. The property also required a new thatch, complete overhaul of the rest of the house and new services throughout.

The existing render on the exterior of the house was stripped off, replaced with lime putty render complete with pargetting detail. The gable chimney stack was reinstated, rebuilt using local Aldeburgh red bricks and lime mortar, which delivered a crisp and finely detailed finish. Inside the house, lime plaster was used to repair and replace plasterwork to the original frameworks.

Employing conventional block construction methods, the new extension was completed with salvaged roof tiles and new oak framed windows to match the existing part of the property. Handmade oak doors are well matched to complement existing period doors within the house; together with oak skirting, oak trims and handmade ironmongery these features give the house a very distinctive look and feel.

  • 75% replacement of existing timber soleplate
  • New thatch to the roof
  • External decorative plasterwork/pargetting
  • Handmade oak work and ironmongery to bring new extension in keeping with character of historic property

Project details

Location East Suffolk rural village
Completed 2005
Partners Nicholas Jacob, Architect