River Cottage Restoration

River Cottage Restoration

Pickford Builders recently completed a full restoration to a Grade II Listed 18th century cottage, which was on the East Hertfordshire Heritage At Risk Register.

The cottage which had been left unoccupied over 50 years has a thatched roof and is timber framed with a render flint and brickwork cladding. There were no mains water or electricity.

Works included alterations key to bringing the cottage back to functional use as well as a sympathetically designed new rear extension. The cottage is a heritage asset and contributes to the historic building stock in the Albury area. Therefore the alterations were designed to result in very little loss of historic fabric and have a positive impact on the use of the building and its ongoing usefulness.

The cottage required extensive underpinning to the majority of elevations, due to being situated adjacent to the River Ash. During works, a 13 metre deep well was found at the rear of the property, directly under the proposed new build extension. As a result of the find, Pickford Builders instructed structural engineers to re-design the foundations.

The project started February this year and was completed at the beginning of July.

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