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Timber Framed Farmhouse in Staffordshire

27th March 2015

This lovely oak timber framed farmhouse has suffered terribly over the years from poor maintenance.

This lovely oak timber framed farmhouse has suffered terribly over the years from poor maintenance. Luckily, the new owners have seen the potential, and with the help of the local Conservation Officer, we've commenced a fairly ambitious program of repairs. Various financial approaches have been looked at, including a series of staged smaller projects,but in the end, it worked out far cheaper to tackle the whole restoration in one hit. 

The photos below show the place before we started to unlock the frame - taking cement off, and probing into the rot beneath.. water drips into the house from many parts of the frame at the moment, so its fairly urgent that repairs start soon. Listed Building Consent is required, given the size of the project - two of the frames require almost total replacement, and other fairly major internal problems have been found. The good thing about it all is that despite the amount of work, its all relatively simple to sort out, and there's plenty of help available from the local Conservation Department.

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Peter Ward has spent many years working a geochemist and geologist, as well as restoring historic homes all over the world.

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