Disused Commercial Building
One of our recent projects was the restoration of a fabulous old commercial building in the heart of Aldeburgh’s bustling high street. Previously a fish store and smokery, behind what used to be the wet fish shop, now book shop. The rather sad little building had been unloved and ignored for many years, but its new owners were excited to bring it to life once more and give it a new purpose for years to come.
Revive and Restore worked closely with architect, Tim Buxbaum, to maximise the use of every last square centimetre of space….the building had to deliver accommodation for two people with all mod cons! Having never been intended with modern living in mind, the little building took some persuading to meet the brief. First off was a full restoration of the basic structure, so it was roof off and window’s out. A hand-cut roof, and re use of the lovely original pan tiles was the order of the day, along with hand made window’s from Church and Goderham, which faithfully copied the originals. Careful restoration of the classic Suffolk red brickwork followed, saving and re using every last brick possible, and only replacing with like-for-like where absolutely necessary. Conservation of the original fabric and appearance was critical to maintain the buildings harmony with its neighbours, and preserve that all important ‘Aldeburgh look’!
As the design developed, the building delivered all the necessities for comfortable living….a double bedroom, shower room, and open plan living & kitchen space. Lots of thought went in to the compact kitchen area, with its cleverly designed work surfaces, storage cupboards, sink, and appliances.
The owners are passionate about interior design, and they considered every detail to ensure a striking finish. The building now looks fabulous with its stunning interior, beautiful colours and sumptuous furniture and fabrics.