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Grade II Listed Farmhouse Renovation

Grade II Listed Farmhouse Renovation

April 12, 2024 Rachel Finlay Comments Off

Bakers of Danbury have completed a programme of repair to resurrect a beautiful Grade II listed farmhouse in Suffolk. As a listed building, the project required building methods and materials that were suitable for this age of property. Bakers began the restoration project in November 2023 and completed its transformation in March 2024.

The Problem

The removal of the existing sand and cement external render exposed significant decay to the timber frame of this Grade II Listed farmhouse. Over time, the render had prevented proper ventilation, leading to the development of wet rot, beetle decay and dry rot. Collaborating with the Conservation Officer and architect, the primary goal was to safeguard the historical integrity preserving the appearance and as much of the original timber frame as feasible

The Renovation Works

The programme involved re-rendering of the entire property, repairs to the timber oak frame, install of lambs wool insulation, internal refurbishments and re-wire. New hard wood timber doors and windows were constructed by Bakers Joinery.


  • Removal of all the existing sands & cement external render.
  • Cleaning of all bitumen off the existing brick plinth.
  • Installation of temporary props to hold up the house.
  • New limecrete foundations and new red brick with lime mortar plinths.
  • Rebuild and repair of approximately 50% of the decayed oak frame.
  • Fitted lambs wool insulation between the timber frame.
  • Fitted oak riven laths to the timber frame.
  • Application of 3 coats of lime plaster and 3 coats of lime wash
  • Removal and re-instatement of the kitchen.
  • Full re-wire of the whole house.
  • Supply and fit of 13no. bespoke hardwood windows form our joiner’s shop, with pentice boards and lead over.
  • Supply and fitting of new external doors.
  • Removal and re-build of the chimney.
  • Replacement of all the soffits and barge boards