Refurbishment of Rectory in Essex village
This Edwardian Rectory had been poorly maintained, with very little upgrading or repair to the original fabric. After wide-ranging discussions with our clients around budget priorities, we prepared an extensive programme of improvements, externally ranging from renewing the entire slate roof including all the leadwork, overhauling the impressive chimneys, brickwork repairs including areas of repointing and renewing failed lintels, replacing the single-glazed windows with double-glazing in facsimile Edwardian frames, and constructing a new stone bay window (complete with window seat). Internally, the services were entirely replaced and the bathrooms upgraded, the external walls were insulated and re-plastered, and period details added to the plaster-work of principle arched openings. Contemporary lighting transformed the appearance of the interiors, and existing period features were retained, repaired and enhanced. In the entrance porch a geometric design of new Edwardian-style encaustic tiles was fitted, and a new stone fireplace was installed in the entrance hall.