Country Hall - Nr. Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Friston Hall

CHALLENGE

This traditional Listed Country Hall and Carriage House based on a working farm on the outskirts of Aldeburgh, Suffolk required a complete refurbishment after being left unoccupied for many years. The Hall required updating whereas the Carriage House required complete transformation from an agricultural building to a dwelling.

Old extension removed from Country Hall
Floor joists exposed in Country Hall
Side of Hall windows bricked up
Plaster and Asbestos removed

SOLUTION – Country Hall

The property was stripped back, taking particular care to save as many period features as possible including bricks, pavers, fireplaces and wooden panelling. A poorly constructed, small extension at the back of the Hall was removed.

The opportunity was taken to change the layout to create a floor plan more in keeping with how we live today. A large kitchen was created with open living space and several additional bathrooms incorporated within the home.

Country Hall Kitchen Completed

SOLUTION – Country Hall cont’d

Restorations were sympathetic, saving and restoring the original fabric of the property. Where modern modifications had been made previously, these were stripped out and where possible reinstalled with replacements that were more in keeping with the property.

The roof was carefully repaired using traditional leadwork methods. The chimneys were refurbished using original salvaged bricks and repointed using lime mortar. A sizeable proportion of the external brickwork had deteriorated and specialist brickwork repairs were sympathetically undertaken, turning bricks were possible or using salvaged materials and matching mortars. All modern plastic guttering was removed from the property and replaced with a traditional metal system.

The many wooden windows in this property were in varying states of decay. Those that could be saved were painstakingly refurbished and those that couldn’t had new like-for-like replacement handcrafted by our in-house joinery company Church and Gooderham.

Lead ridges and hips replaced
Friston Hall Sash Windows

SOLUTION – Country Hall cont’d

Internally, the heating and plumbing systems were replaced with systems fit for the 21st century. Several ensuites were added to the main property as well as a complete reconfiguration and refit of the main bathrooms.

The property was plastered and painted and carpets and flooring laid throughout.

New Heating System
New heating pipes installed
Construction of ensuite walls
Friston Hall Bathroom Master Suite
Friston Hall Lounge Door
Friston Hall Wooden Sash Window
Friston Hall French Doors
External Country House with landscaping
Friston Hall Kitchen Drawer Close Up
Friston Hall Bedroom Master Suite
Country Hall Kitchen Complete

OUTCOME– Country Hall

This substantial project was kept on track by our management team, including Quantity Surveyor and Contracts Manager, liaising regularly
with the architect. Our team of employed craftsman were able to utilise their wide range of traditional and more modern skills to transform this
dilapidated property into a stunning home.

OUTCOME– Carriage House

This beautiful two bedroom open plan property on the estate of the Country Hall has huge character and charm. The materials used have
given it a homely feel with a gentle nod to its previous life as an agricultural building. It is now a home fit for the 21st century with
stunning views over rolling fields and woodland.