The restoration and repair of a Grade II listed medieval House, The Old School House in Stalisfield.

The property was in a state of disrepair and widespread decay, with previous unsympathetic repairs from the 20th century having caused extensive damage to the building. These repairs were increasing the rate of decay of the timber frame. The careful rectification of these repairs was therefore fundamental to a successful restoration project.

Clague worked closely with the structural engineer Holt Wooten and Colman contractors throughout the project to restore and repair the building. A range of traditional building materials and methods were employed to the 16th century vernacular property. Existing lath and plaster internally, meant it was decided to work from the outside in, in order to not disrupt these historic finishes. Wood fibre insulation board and lime mortar was installed to the walls to forms ‘breathable’ walls. Listed building consent was also gained for the upgrade of all casement windows with slimline double glazing.

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External landscaping consisting of terraces and gabion walling and a new, bespoke garage finished the project.

Internally, the building’s original internal arrangement was restored back to when it was a Wealden Hall House, a key aim of the project. A double-height main hall window was reinstated to introduce more light into the property. Clague worked closely with a local carpenter to install a top hung screen in order for the main hall to be ventilated.

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