A mid C16th, Grade II listed cruck-framed cottage, which to a casual observer appeared just a little tired and in need of general updating. In fact detailed appraisal and subsequent stripping out revealed serious structural flaws caused by hundreds of years of neglect and abuse.
It appeared that the house as originally constructed was a typical tripartite (i.e. three bay, with four full cruck frames), single storey building with a central open hall flanked by a solar at one or possibly both ends. Only one (inner) cruck frame had survived and very little remained of the original structure and fabric. The only traceable section of original wattle and daub infill to the external frame was found beneath (& protected by) the roof of the porch. Internally the only remaining wattle and daub was between the rafters and within the sole remaining cruck frame.
Using the latest conservation techniques and materials the structural defects were addressed (including stabilising the sole remaining cruck frame at 15 deg. from vertical with a concealed steel restraint engineered in-house), rising damp in floors and walls eliminated and the fabric insulated using an innovative, lime-based insulating plaster used extensively in Europe but to date only for specialist conservation work in the UK.
The result is a house that should be good for another 450 years!
What we did: design & consents, project management, general & specialist building
Who we worked with:
Patrick Parsons (www.patrickparsons.co.uk): consulting Structural Engineers - Conservation