Trent Meadows is a Georgian house, much extended over the years with additional wings and outbuildings. At first sight, like so many historic properties, it seemed to be in fairly good condition on the surface but there were problems lurking under the exterior.
The building was fully scaffolded to enable us to carry out a detailed inspection. Using skilled local craftsmen, the following works were carried out:
Total rebuild of failed chimneys.
Re-roofing with original slate due to failure of nails and battens.
The lead behind the parapet was in very poor condition. Water had got into the roof structure and caused severe damage.
Re-build roof structure at eves level.
As a result of the failure of the roof structure, the stone parapet was in a dangerous condition, and had to be removed and rebuilt.
Historic cement render was causing major damage to the brickwork behind. This had to be removed and the whole of the main elevation re-rendered using lime.
Cast iron links joining stone work in parapets and windowsills had become wet over the years, corroded and expanded to many times their original size thus forcing the Sills out of level with consequent damage to the original timber windows. Sills were removed, re-bedded in lime mortar and new stainless steel links fitted in place of the original iron.
All of the sash windows were removed and refurbished in a local workshop prior to replacement.
Internally, new wiring and new plumbing were required.
Much of the work required listed building consent. If you are thinking of purchasing a listed building or carrying out work, please talk to a conservation specialist such as Western Design first to ensure that you understand the scope of the work and permissions required. We are here to help you.