The aim of the renovation of the listed property in Suffolk was to create a comfortable and well insulated family home. Owner Tim Pitt started the project after gaining previous experience working on awarding-winning listed properties. Tim’s aim was to ensure that the roof was sympathetically retiled with respect to its heritage, age, locality and period style.
A BUILDING WITH TUDOR ORIGINS
The building hadn’t been over-modernized by the previous owners and needed a lot of care to bring it back to its former glory. It had evolved through three stages from its Tudor origins right through to its development as a larger building when it gained a substantial Georgian extension. The outside of the house was completely repaired as the render and roof were in poor condition. The façade was painstakingly restored to its former glory by replacing the lime/horsehair plaster and finishing with a lime wash. The roof was renovated using handmade clay roof tiles.
Due to the listed status of the property, it was essential that the tiles chosen fitted in with the overall character and quality of the building. A 50/50 mix of two different coloured tiles were the closest match to the peg tiles you would expect to see on a house of this period and location. They are considered by the owner to be a very significant improvement on the machine made tiles that had previously been falling from the roof.
Tim installed as much insulation as possible in the spaces between the beams as well as a layer of gold breather membrane behind the plaster. The same level of insulation was repeated below the clay roof tiles to save energy costs.
A GOOD INVESTMENT
Tim and his family now enjoy a stunning home which is comfortable and efficient to run – maintaining an even temperature both in summer and winter. The quality and durability of the tiles used for the renovation means that the roof should remain beautiful and watertight for decades to come.
Project nameOld Vicarage, Suffolk, United Kingdom
ArchitectTim Pitt (owner)
Keymer Traditional Elizabethan and Antique
Year of completion2016