Tag Archives: Refurbishment

Grade II Listed Barn Conversion

Summary = A Grade II Listed barn conversion to provide entertainment suite, garages, kitchen/ bar area and gymnasium.

Challenge = The original Grade II Listed barn was in need of structural under pinning, together with timber frame and roof repairs.

Solution = Bakers recently carried out a conversion of a barn and stable block to provide an entertainment suite, garages, kitchen/ bar area and gymnasium which involved extensive timber frame and roof repairs, as well as structural underpinning.

All existing timber weather boarding was removed and repair work and straightening carried out to the existing timber frame. Repairs were made to the brick plinth and the roof completely stripped and restored with reclaimed peg tiles.

Bakers' joinery workshop hand crafted new doors, oak staircase and sepele sash casement windows to match the existing

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Barn conversion

Summary = Barn conversion to provide a Grade II Listed luxury home.

Challenge = The original barn was in need of structural and roof repairs.

Solution = Bakers of Danbury carried out a conversion of a Grade II Listed barn to provide a luxury domestic dwelling. The original timber frame was repaired, carefully cleaned and retained.

The bedrooms were constructed on two mezzanine floors at each end of the barn, linked by a contemporary steel and glass walkway accessed by a steel, oak and glass staircase. The works included a hi-tech electronic lighting and sound system and underfloor heating.

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Alteration and Restoration Works

Summary = Alteration and restoration works to a Grade II Listed home.

Challenge = Retaining existing structure whilst repairing decayed and damaged roof timbers.

Solution = Bakers recently built a hand-cut oak timber framed extension as well as carrying out other alterations and restoration works to the Grade II Listed Marygolds Barn in Essex. Believed to date back to the late 16th century, Little Loveney Hall lies within a well preserved medieval moat.

Bakers' team of carpenters, bricklayers, plasterers and groundworkers led by Matt Edwards and Terry Barber have carried out extensive internal restoration and alteration works which include new floors and finishes, plastering between the rafters using thermalime, re-pointing to the inglenook fireplace and repair and re-pointing to the central chimney stack, which has three diagonal shafts.

A new Oak timber framed extension was hand-cut, traditionally jointed and assembled on site. It provides a kitchen and dining room extension as well as a first floor bedroom with en-suite.

New heating, plumbing, electricity and lighting systems have been installed. Externally Bakers have carried out timber frame and timber roof repairs which include repairing the main rafter and truss and strengthenning and repair work to the primary beams. Repairs were carried out to the dormers and new sepele sash casement replacement windows were manufactured in Bakers of Danburys Joinery Workshop and installed on site to match the existing. A new render was applied with pargeted panels to match the existing.

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Restoration of a Fire Damaged Farmhouse

Summary: Restoration of a fire damaged Grade II Listed farmhouse.

Challenge: Due to extensive fire and smoke damage the home needed internal and external restoration, as well as structural strengthening.

Solution: Bakers of Danbury recently carried out the restoration of a fire damaged Grade II Listed farmhouse. The oak frame was rebuilt to around 60% of the house, using traditional methods. Repairs carried out to the remaining oak frame included oak rafter repairs, joist repairs and structural strengthening to the whole roof.

Peg tiles were salvaged and reused. New peg tiles were introduced to match the original tiles. Traditional Lath & Lime plaster was applied to the walls.

Fire damaged timbers were removed and replaced with green oak using traditional joinery methods. Where possible good quality timber was salvaged.

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Renovation and Internal Refurbishment

Summary = Renovation and internal refurbishment together with a new build pool house extension. To ensure the finished home was of the highest quality; the owners also stipulated bespoke high quality joinery and furniture to be installed throughout.

Challenge = This Grade ll Listed seven-bedroom house was in need of a substantial renovation and sympathetic internal refurbishment throughout; including heating and electrical installation, extensive external works and the demolition and rebuild of a new pool house.

Solution = The owners were aware of Bakers of Danbury's reputation for providing high quality craftsmanship and were pleased to find out, not only could Bakers of Danbury design the bespoke joinery and architectural timber work, but also can manufacture everything for the project by using their in-house joinery workshop

In total the team designed, manufactured and installed the following:

  • Internal bespoke fitted wardrobes
  • Internal doors, similar style to the original doors to comply with new fire regulations
  • Two new bespoke staircases with balustrades
  • Sash windows to match those existing and refurbishment of those windows that could be restored
  • Wall panelling to match the existing in the playroom and lounge area
  • Ornate radiator covers
  • In addition to the extensive joinery work, Bakers of Danbury also demolished and re-built the pool house. With new underground drainage, the new pool house now boasts tiled changing rooms throughout, themed lighting and handmade double glazed windows and French doors with fanlights to match the rest of the property.

    Inside the house a beautiful oak floor was salvaged from other rooms within the farm house and re-laid to make an impressive entrance lobby. Elsewhere, the original oak and parquet flooring was brought back to life after being taken up, re-laid, then expertly sanded and finished.

    As a result of the project, the home has truly been brought back to its former glory, with the attention to detail and high quality workmanship shining through. The owners described Bakers of Danbury as being “very professional, skilled and polite”.

    The owners were so impressed with the work carried out, that they asked Bakers of Danbury to return and restore their stable block.

    St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden

    Summary: The re-ordering of St Mary's Church in Saffron Walden involved our specialist joinery workshop manufacturing and installing English Oak bespoke DDA and Dementia friendly toilet, storage cupboards, children's library and a pew storage area.

    Location: St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden

    Challenge: Attention to detail was important in this project as it was all made of English Oak then stained and fitted on site.

    Solution: One of the largest parish churches in Essex, the building dates mainly from the fifteenth century.

    The west main entrance was re-ordered to incorporate new storage units in bespoke manufactured in English Oak by Bakers of Danbury’s Specialist Joinery department. We also manufactured and installed a bespoke all-person DDA / Dementia friendly WC, with baby change area in English Oak. In the North Aisle we introduced a pew storage area, bespoke servery facilities, flower arranger’s sink and storage area. All were crafted by our Joiners from English Oak in our joinery workshop, it was then taken apart and wrapped flat pack for transit, before being fitted by our onsite carpenters.

    Great attention was paid to the highest spec soundproofing, with all panels either insulated with a solid block board or infilled with bricks to eliminate noise. The WC door alone weighed over 100kg.

    Every post included a hand carved crocus detail to the top. To watch a film of our skilled Joiner hand carving a crocus detail click here.

    The complete project was very detailed and complex with hand carved designs, modern sliding doors and bespoke detailed cornice which ran around the top of the complete project.

    The re-ordering project to St Mary the Virgin in Saffron Walden was Highly Commended in the Diocese of Chelmsford, Design Awards in 2019.

    Take a look at our short film on woodcarving

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    A Christmas Tree for Danbury

    Bakers of Danbury donated a large Christmas Tree to the village of Danbury again, and at the beginning of December Danbury Parish Council invited the whole community to an event to switch the Christmas Tree lights on.

    After Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Essex had switched the lights on, everyone enjoyed singing Christmas Carols together then enjoyed warm refreshments and mince pies in the local Sports and Social Centre where Father Christmas had parked his sleigh to meet local children. Baker's Contracts Directors Mark Holland and Ron Lowe were introduced to Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Essex, who thanked them for all that the company does for the local community, mentioning the new duck house Bakers made for the village earlier in the year.

    You can keep up-to-date with other initiatives within Baker's Corporate Social Responsibility Programme, which we set up to help support both our local community and the communities in which we work by visiting our Corporate Social Responsibility Page or by liking our Facebook page!

    The Danbury Focus Magazine featured an article in their January Edition about the village Christmas Tree Lights Switch on. The article read;

    The community of Danbury enjoyed a Christmas event hosted by Danbury Parish Council for the whole village to enjoy, on the evening of Thursday 5th December. The event was attended by record numbers this year, according to the Parish Council Chairman Stuart Berlyn. After everyone had counted down, Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Essex switched on the lights, to illuminate the Christmas tree which had been generously donated by a local building company Bakers of Danbury Ltd. Everyone enjoyed singing along to traditional Christmas carols around the Christmas tree, accompanied by the wonderful Salvation Army Band.

    After the carols were sung everyone enjoyed warm refreshments and treats at Danbury Sports and Social Centre, and the children of Danbury were delighted to meet Father Christmas who had landed his sleigh and reindeer in the Sports and Social Centre car park.

    Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Essex said;

    “It was an honour to be invited to switch on the Christmas tree lights for Danbury tonight. It is wonderful to see such a tremendous sense of community, with so many local residents enjoying tonight together. I would like to thank all involved; Danbury Parish Council, Danbury Society, Bakers of Danbury, The Salvation Army Band, The Rotary Club, Danbury Mission, St Johns Church and other members of the community, who have all played a part in making tonight possible. With so many people doing great things for their village, it’s a great way to start Christmas Festivities!”

    Newsletter (Winter 2019)

    Although we are Principal Contractors in Essex we have projects across the East of England and London. Our Winter 2019 newsletter looks at a selection of projects recently undertaken by Bakers of Danbury as well as our sister companies Collins and Curtis Masonry and Pickford Builders.

    The Winter Newsletter looks at recent projects which include a grade II Listed barn conversion (to provide an entertainment suite, kitchen and bar area and gymnasium), recent repair work to the spire of St Mary's Church in Shoebury, a new build extension to Westminster School (to provide a presentation/ reception room, four new offices, new stairwell, lift and a new block of visitor w/c), enabling works recently completed to Chelmsford High School for Girls, a new build extension to Grays Convent School as well as many projects our onsite joinery workshop are working on.

    The Winter Newsletter also looks at recently completed and current works carried out by our sister companies Collins and Curtis Masonry Ltd which is based in Ipswich and Pickford Builders Ltd which is based in Dunmow. Collins and Curtis has been busy supplying masonry to many projects which include stone products for private houses, a number of churches and memorials. Pickford Builders has been busy carrying out insurance repair works for a number of national insurance companies, as well as other general building projects which include the current conversion of a former industrial building into eight residential apartments in Braintree.

    Click here to open our latest Newsletter. You can also keep up-to-date with Baker’s latest news by visiting our latest news page and our Facebook page!