Old School House

The Old School House is a Grade II listed 15th century medieval Hall House in Stalisfield, near Charing in Kent.

The challenge

The proposals sought to repair and conserve the building using a best practice conservation approach, preserving historical fabric where possible without wholesale renewal to safeguard the buildings future. The works also included the restoration of key historic features which had been lost as a result of ill-informed repairs and alterations, including the hall window.

Unfortunately the building had deteriorated to such an extent that considerable repairs to the original oak frame were necessary including replacement of all the infill panels which had been repaired in hard cement mortar.

Old School House Eroded Wood
Old School House Drawing

Our solution

The complete renewal of the render infill panels allowed the walls to be insulated with wood fibre board as a suitable material that would maintain breathability. It also enabled the existing internal lath and plaster to be retained, and allow the application of lime render on the outside face.

Internally the ground floor alterations included the removal of existing internal partitions within the 19th century lean-to structure to provide an open plan garden room. On the first floor, an existing bedroom was divided to provide an additional bedroom, whilst the landing was reduced to provide a new family bathroom.

A significant part of the repair works included the reinstatement of the former hall window, which had been previously infilled with timber studs and hard render. The decision was to improve natural light to the property and reinstate the integrity of the timber frame and language of the building.

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Old School House Exterior 1
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