Suffolk Farm House
At Revive and Restore we have a passion for returning old buildings to their former glory. A recent project in Badingham is a great example of this. We faithfully restored a lovely old farmhouse using traditional designs, techniques and materials. Like many old buildings, this one had been on a journey! Originally a 17thcentury, timber-frame/clay lump building, it had been extended and upgraded several times in the Victorian period, then sadly “modernised” in recent times, whereby certain original features had been damaged or removed.
We were on a mission to work closely with the client to restore the house, whilst ensuring it met the needs of how we all live today. So a magnificent kitchen/dining room at the heart of the house, was a necessity, along with luxury bathrooms and en suites.
Restoration of the exterior was the first step, involving: careful brick repairs using lime mortar and period bricks, installation of beautiful hand-made box sash windows made from Douglas fir with heritage glass, and cast iron guttering & downpipes throughout.
A full rewire and complete new plumbing installation was taken as read. We fitted a beautiful hand made kitchen, hand made internal doors, skirting’s and architraves…in fact the client even designed their own personal skirting board profile! The bathrooms have Silverdale sanitary ware, and a stunning free-standing Victoria & Albert bath resides in the family bathroom. Every farmhouse should have its own pantry, and this one is no exception, with shelving made from reclaimed Dutch cheeseboard shelves. Working with the architecture of the building is very important to us, so lime plaster and lime wash were the right materials for the 17thcentury core of the house.
All fixture and fittings were painstakingly researched and chosen, to be in-keeping with each generation of the building….from the ebony beehive door knobs, to the hand made kitchen floor pamments, through to light fittings for each and every room. The final touch was a palette of striking colours, to complete a magnificent restoration.