Timber Framed House

Project architect, subcontract for Charles Morris FRICS – survey, design, detailing and specification of repairs, contract administration, site inspections.


Restoration of a timber-framed house dating from the mid 16th century. Like many timber framed buildings, it had been subject to unsympathetic repairs and alterations over the years, including damaging cement render, and after a period of over 5 years sitting empty it was necessary to strip the building back to the frame and start again. The outer render finish had been applied over weatherboarding which in turn concealed a fine half timbered frame of around 1550. Works began with replacing the rotted sole plate and underpinning before the frame repairs could be started. Work was complicated by the presence of both winter and summer bat roosts requiring a lengthy bat licence application process and restricted working seasons. Nicholas Vanburgh proposed the use of Hemcrete (hemp-lime) as a sustainable, breathable and highly insulating structural fill between the exposed timber frame members.