This project involved the restoration and conversion of the ‘B’ listed Apple House to a bridal suite as part of a larger wedding / function venue project.
Originally dating from 1792 by 2008 due to a lack of maintenance and an appropriate use the building had fallen into disrepair and onto the At Risk Register.
The roof was leaking badly, gutters required reinstating. The walls required making good and repointing. The timber sash and case windows required reinstating and repairing. The internal floor, fireplaces and interior, required full reinstatement. The building was generally in a very poor condition.
The interior was reinstated with reference to old photos and what little remained in-situ. The stair and domed ceiling have all been reinstated and repaired. Lime plaster on lath has been used throughout. The timber sash and case windows were repaired / overhauled. The roof was stripped with the slates set aside for reused. Stone work was reinstated and repaired where necessary and the walls fully repointed in lime mortar.
Due to the desire to retain the original form and significance, a green oak framed lean-too was created on the adjacent wall. This contains the servicing and includes a small carport and fuel storage.
Reinstated front elevation. Walls lime pointed and stone repiar and replacement complete. Matching the existing stone always requires care. Roof stripped repaired and reslated. Timber sash and case windows overhauled, repaired and replaced as neccessary. Ground floor canopy infilled with glass screens to form a new entrance area. New lead gutters and cast iron downpipes complete. Adjacent wall heads repaired and repointed.
Apple House with green oak frame lean too beyond containing the servicing elements for the Apple House as well as a log store and a carport for an electric vehicle.
Green oak frame lean too. A small but vital element of the project. This enablewd the origional form of the Apple House to be retained by housing the service elements for the building. It also contains a log store for the open fires and a carport for an electric vehicle, giving easy access to the property.
The reinstated stair tower. Lime plaster and lath repaired and replaced. The window reveals are a paint effect that was replicated from reminants still evident in the property. The oposite tower required a new domed roof in lath and plaster to match this one.
The reinstated stair tower. Lime plaster and lath repaired and replaced.
The window reveals are a paint effect that was replicated from reminants still evident in the property. Parts of the left hand side of the right window are origional. The origional sash and case windows were repaired and reinstated.
The first floor bridal bedroom. All walls reinstated and insulated with wood fibre. Headboard acts as a screen divider to room with jacuzzi bath and shower beyond. The walls are finished with a paint effect (not wallpaper). Architrave and skirtings were all replicared by a local joiner from reminants i the building and from previous photographs where neccessary.
Entrance area. Before refurbishment this was an open canopy which has now been enclosed with glass screens to form an entrance area.
Stair tower prior to restoration. We managed to save the origional stair but it required significant repair and strengthening from the underside.
First floor bridal bedroom before works started.
Debris cleaned out, we can now see whats left, what needs repairing and what needs replacing.