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.

Kitchen Friston Hall

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
Friston Hall Front Entrance
Friston Hall Kitchen Drawer Close Up
Friston Hall Bedroom Master Suite
Friston Hall Kitchen

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.

Carriage House Pre Renovation Exterior
Timber frame repairs

SOLUTION – Carriage House

The Carriage House, having never been a home and used as an agricultural building, required extensive work. Agricultural machinery that was left on site was removed and the building was stripped of the agricultural bays.

The original slate roof was removed and timbers exposed so that the true extent of repairs required could be established. All damaged rafters were repaired or replaced with reclaimed timbers. The roof was related using slates salvaged from the original roof and new metal roof windows were installed to flood the accommodation with light.

Carriage House roof in disrepair
Carriage House Pre Renovation External Right side

SOLUTION – Carriage House cont’d

This outbuilding required substantial brick and flint restoration and this was undertaken by our team of bricklayers experienced in the renovation of period properties. Traditional cast metal guttering and downpipes were added to the property to complement the traditional style. The feature round window was retained and a new handcrafted window installed by our sister company Church and Gooderham.

A raised platform was added to the kitchen to take advantage of the view which previously couldn’t be appreciated. The Carriage House was fully insulated and heating, plumbing and electrical systems installed in this once derelict agricultural building.

Carriage House External Finished
Carriage House Kitchen
Carriage House Round Window
Carriage House Bathroom
Carriage House Roof Windows
Carriage House Beams and Lights
Carriage House Bedroom

SOLUTION – Carriage House cont’d

Fortunately, there were several architectural design features we were able to save including some handmade wooden shutters. Old boarding was repurposed to cover walls to offer a contemporary yet rustic feel, an old piece of oak was repurposed as a bannister and exposed internal brickwork was repointed and left as a feature.

Carriage House Original Shutters Saved
Carriage House Original Wood Panelling reused as wall covering
Carriage House Exposed Brickwork and reuse bannister

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.