Grade II Listed Home green retrofit. Rosie and Sandy wanted to improve energy efficiency to their Grade II listed home as well to improve the space inside. The existing buildings are poorly insulated and poorly lit. CNA proposed a scheme to create a double height dining room and kitchen, exposing roof timbers and new roof lights will pour light into the new space. Breathable cork insulation to the single skin brick walls to the East side will help to retain heat and prevent interstitial condensation. Further alterations include upgrading windows, raised insulated floor and a new bespoke stair. The pictures here show the cork insulation going in during construction.

Grade II Listed Home green retrofit – listed building consent

This scheme has won planning permission, listed building consent and building control approval. The alterations are minimal and retain the original listed building’s character. However the local authority understand that in order for people to remain custodians of listed buildings, they must be upgraded to improve comfort and usability. Clare Nash Architecture will be overseeing this project until completion, working with the builder Patrick Gartside and carpenter Dean Radcliffe.

Your help with drawings, suggestions and liaison with council/planners was super. Always timely and efficient. Your recommendations regarding builders/carpenter have also proved to be very valuable. Thank-you.

Patrick has more or less completed the building works. We are extremely happy with his team’s work. They are courteous, helpful and punctual.

We have discussed ideas with Dean and his work to date on miscellaneous woodwork and stairs has been great.

Project Update

The project is now complete!  (See first two photos)  The kitchen has returned to being the central hub of the home. In addition cork insulation was used to retain breathability of the existing walls and improve comfort internally. Damp was eradicated by removing cupboards and a ‘tanking’ treatment applied by previous owners. New lime render externally further retains the breathability of the walls. Very good quality work from builder, Patrick Gartside as always. A lovely new light oak staircase was made by Radcliffe Joiners as well as new windows and beam coverings. The previous staircase was dangerous and very dark wood, sucking all of the light out of the room.


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