We are proud that we have worked with English Heritage on some of their projects. English Heritage look after over 400 historic buildings across the country, and obviously it is important to conserve and maintain these fantastic buildings in their original style, and using traditional building techniques. Find out more about the important work of English Heritage here.

 

One of our recent projects, before lockdown was a large loft-conversion on a 500-year-old farmhouse, whch was a very time consuming project. 

The original timbers all had to be strengthened, lots of extra support had to be put into them as many were rotten.

The floor had to be lifted and the walls had to be insulated and plastered with lime plaster.

We think you will agree that the end result is stunning - another job well done!

 

As the Corona virus pandemic sweeps the country, we are following government guidelines and have stopped working for the safety of our customers and employees. However, we want to remind you that now is a good time to contact us to discuss future jobs. As we're all on lockdown, many of you are thinking about jobs that need doing at home, and if you're hoping to get building work done once this is all over, then we can help, whether its restoration, maintenance or a new build. We can't come and visit you to do quotes at the moment, but you can contact us via this link or on our Facebook page. We are happy to discuss your ideas and plans, and give you something positive to think about!

 

Example of some of our wattle and daub

We are one of few companies that are skilled in the traditional technique of wattle and daub. This technique has been used for thousands of years. Wattles are a woven lattice of wooden stakes that are then 'daubed' with a mixture of mud, clay, animal dung and straw to create a structure. This can then be lime rendered or white-washed to give protection against the elements.In timber-framed buildings, using wattle and daub allows the construction to be flexible, so it can accomodate even severe structural movement.

Lime has been used in buiding work since Roman times, but use declined in the 20th century. Recently it has had a resurgence in use, as it has been realised that modern materials can be damaging. It is important that lime is used in the restoration of period properties. This is also better for the environment. Simply put, lime render reacts with the CO2 in rainwater in a repeated cycle. It is converted back to calcium carbonate (the original limestone). This means that over the years, it gets stronger and harder. Here at K.E. Jones & Son Builders, we use lime from the Anglia Lime Company  

We are currently working on a new build in Newton, Suffolk. Work continues despite these crazy times!

Kitchen Conversion After

Quite a substantial job this kitchen refurbishment; but even though it made a considerable mess; the end result was worth it!

 

Here a view from before.

 

And another; notice the eccentric inclination of the old roof, compared with the new ceiling.

 

 

Click the link above for more pictures of the finished result. Quite stunning!

 

Here's a some pictures as our completed church resoration project reaches completion.

 

Final rough plaster coat.

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