The project was completed in the scheduled eight months. We consulted the Conservation Officer about all work, particularly the replacement joinery & external materials and, to ensure the best result, encouraged all the craftsmen involved to give their input. Using several types of timber to match the original, the Ballroom floor was sympathetically restored whilst retaining the impression of wear & age. Moulds were taken from the original internal & external cornices to create new ones and help bring the ugly 1960s extension to the standard of the original building. The wiring & plumbing were completely renewed, including the installation of under-floor heating, and poor work by previous owners was altered to enhance the character of the property. The addition of the Orangery helped fulfil the client’s desire for an open, ‘through’ style to the main living area and achieve the required balance.
“The whole team were absolutely amazing, a pleasure to work with and a great example of the benefits of excellent teamwork.”
The initial enquiry was prompted by the client’s son, who had played rugby with David Jaques at Dorking Rugby Club.
To transform the run-down grade II listed Georgian property into a beautiful, long term home.
COSTING AND PLANNING
The client commissioned local architects Ian Wright Associates, who obtained planning permission and listed buildings consent to extend, alter and carry out extensive restoration work to the property.
The building was extensively surveyed in order to clarify all costs before commencement. The only item that extended the cost commitment during work was the re-building of a section of the main parapet wall.