Welsh restoration makes the grade
Transforming three stables into a spacious three-bedroom family home required a sensitive touch. The original structure not only dates back to 1600, but is also Grade ll listed. The conversion work required detailed planning permission and was closely monitored by the council conservation officer. For example, the brickwork was repointed using hydraulic lime mortar and wiring and other utilities were traced through the brickwork and encased under the mortar mix - a time-consuming job.
Internally the main feature is a Minstrel's Gallery reached by a spiral staircase and balustrade, designed and built on site. Attention to authentic detail is evident throughout. Slates used for windowsills were reclaimed from the feed store in the old stables. To give the impression of an old lath and plaster ceiling, the new ceilings were coated with a coarse sand mix. The kitchen, though modern, has been designed to blend in perfectly with the original features.
What the customer said:
"We discussed at length the look we wanted initially, then the builders just got on with it with amazing results." Marek Pawlik
What the Master Builder of the Year judges said:
"First class example of craftsmen using their traditional skills in a thoroughly professional way."
Description of work carried out:
Restoration of Grade II listed farm outbuildings into a contemporary three bedroom house.
Pinstrike Ltd, Goodwick, Pembrokeshire
Master Builder of the Year 2002 Finalist
Building Refurbishment over £100,000