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Revive & Restore are an award-winning conservation and restoration building company based on the Suffolk Coast.
At Revive & Restore we love traditional materials, and we always strive to use the appropriate material, for the application and period of the building. We do recognise however, that new and exciting products constantly hit the market, and we need to keep abreast of all options for solving particular problems. One such exciting new product is silicone render, which we’ve used recently in a number of applications. We source our render from a local business, EWI Store in Ipswich, the guys there are super helpful. We also sent our team to be trained by EWI Store at their base in Chessington. The product requires the correct render boarding over the structure to be rendered, then you apply a reinforced base coat, and a final top coat. The top coat is pre coloured, very flexible, highly breathable, with excellent frost and water resistance. We recently used the product on a chimney stack in a very exposed coastal location…plus check-out our lead work too…beautiful!Here’s another application on a loft conversion we’ve just completed, where we applied it to the new dormer structure.
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 17th century, 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 17th century 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. 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.
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.
Meet our........Apprentice! Jake started working for us this summer, he did brilliantly in his GCSE's and he will be attending Easton & Otley College one day a week starting this month. He's settled in with the team really well. We're proud of you Jake!
One project - two fabulous views of Aldeburgh! This current project in sunny Suffolk is progressing very nicely! Don't call it a dream, call it a plan!