Professional Installation Extensions & Conversions, Home Renovation in Ingatestone, Essex
A building extension that enhances the home while being unobtrusive is the desired outcome for most extension projects, although some new extensions can be cleverly designed as contrasting features. Some modern extension work, can stick out like a sore thumb due to an inability to match original brickwork, roofing or other details. An extension which does not blend well with the rest of the building, can ruin the look of the whole house, giving the impression of a slapdash job. Bricks for instance can be tricky and points to consider when choosing include colour, texture, size and bond.
Another significant factor when planning a seamless extension is the shade and consistency of its mortar. Mortar is important when trying to achieve authenticity, and there are one or two options here. If the existing mortar has deteriorated and is in need of replacing, it can be pointed using the new mortar, to reflect the additional building. If it is sound, some mortar producers will match an original product, make sure that you see any comparison samples when they are completely dry and showing their true tones.
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Both bricks and mortar can be tinted to replicate the original façade, and are not simply painted, but dyed, meaning they are weatherproof and will not fade. Roof tiles for a new extension, rebuild or renovation, can be made to appear aged by the use of stains and sprays, but they will inevitably age naturally in time anyway. Stone is a little more difficult to match new to old, and measures include accessing the same quarry that the existing stone was sourced from and requesting that the stone mason applies traditional methods such as 'chiselling' or 'axing' to the new stone surface. In the past many assorted tricks were used to age new bricks, like applying diluted cow dung, horse urine and yoghurt! However, unsurprisingly these coatings did not last longer than the first rainy day.
Multi Building Services Ltd, are experienced in all aspects of building work, including extensions, conversions and renovation, and can advise on the overall look of your property in Ingatestone, Epping and South Woodham Ferrers.
Georgian Style Red Bricked Listed Buildings by Architect George Sherrin in Ingatestone, Essex
In 1882, Station Lane in Ingatestone, Essex, was the setting for a number of large, desirable country residences built by architect George Sherrin. The stately red bricked Georgian style detached homes displaying clay tiles and false timber work, are located in an attractive, leafy district which is now a certified conservation area. Beautiful properties and substantial gardens are dotted along winding tree lined avenues surrounded by open countryside.
This Essex location contains many Grade 11 listed buildings and so of course any proposed extension or conversion work is strictly regulated. The Gate House, formerly the home of Sherrin, was created using quality conventional bond brickwork, but by the 1970's had become empty and prey to vandals etc. In the 1980's, the building was extended and restored to its earlier beauty and has in later years been converted into prestigious apartments.
The Development & Rebuilding of Copped Hall Epping & Early South Woodham Ferrers, Essex
Copped Hall near Epping, is believed to have been around in one form or another, from as early as the 12th century. Home to royals such as Mary Tudor in 1538, the hall was later granted by Elizabeth 1, to Sir Thomas Heneage, who proceeded to develop and rebuild the property. The result was a stunning double floored, U-shaped mansion house with a 174 foot long gallery, and impressive gardens. The mansions eventual fate included being torn down completely in 1748, by John Coyners, and rebuilt as a neo-classical house. Successive owners altered and remodelled the building over the years, until it fell into disrepair after its central block was destroyed by fire. The mansion and gardens were subsequently purchased in 1992 by the Corporation of London, then bought by a charitable trust specifically formed to preserve and restore them. The site has had a considerable archaeological programme of activity, in a bid to discover the hall's early developmental history, and evidence has even been found pointing to Roman and iron age settlements.
As with so many locations up and down the country, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, experienced a growth in population and an increase in facilities due to the railway. People wishing to escape London's overcrowded streets, were attracted to the area around the beginning of the 19th century, and special excursion trains ferried people to auctions with promise of free refreshments, conveyances and easy repayment terms.