Renovating a house is an exciting, and in some cases profitable undertaking. It’s a chance to put your own stamp on your property, increase its value or unearth original features that have been hidden away for decades. It could be the route to getting your dream home, when upsizing or moving house isn’t an option. But most people will tell you, as exciting as it is, it can also be somewhat unpredictable. The success of renovating a house relies on being prepared for the road ahead, and an expectation that there will be some surprises in store. The process may bring up a set of issues that will need to be resolved before your dream home can emerge.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Being aware of potential issues and having a step-by-step plan of action should ensure the project remains on schedule and to budget. See www.winkworth.co.uk for the full article and advice.
3 106 November, 2019
This house is truly fabulous, with character bursting from every dusty corner it is ready to be embraced by a loving family. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Dating back the the late 16th Century this very traditional stone farmhouse comes with a rich history and a wealth of period character. The current owner has made the property into a warm and welcoming family home whilst retaining all the quirks and character of its age. The property comes with a beautifully designed and spacious garden and attractive outbuildings with great potential for use as further accommodation subject to the usual consents.
Call us and come and have a look for yourself; 01380 729777
1 1931 October, 2019
Who doesn't love an Autumn Walk, we love exploring around Stonehenge and the surrounding areas...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
There are a series of walks that weave their way around the Stonehenge Landscape, taking in many of the archaeological features that make this place so special. A King’s View is a 1.7-mile route that explores the chalk downland at the heart of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. The dense canopy of the 200 year old beech trees on King Barrow Ridge provide a perfect environment for rare plants, including helleborine and orchids and an important habitat for butterflies, moths, wood-boring insects and birds. Durrington Walls is less well known than Stonehenge, yet it is one of the three largest henge monuments in Britain. By taking the path from Durrington Walls to Stonehenge, you’ll take in monuments built by the first farmers, as well encountering a diverse range of wildlife including the majestic barn owl. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We are great fans of thatch (and dispelling the many myths), and there are plenty of beautiful examples around Wiltshire; so we love it when we see a positive and interesting post on the subject. @postcardsbyhannah has perfectly captured the essence and history of thatch below... .
I was going to try and figure out a way to remove all the scaffolding because 1) we went out of our way to drive here, 2) scaffolding is not the prettiest thing in the world and 3) it is just bugging me so much 😭 however, I have zero photoshop skills and I thought this would provide a good lesson in thatched roofs! You see, the scaffolding is here because the lovely house midway up (or midway down?!) Gold Hill appears to be being rethatched! Those lovely fluffy house hair dos don’t maintain themselves you know, like you and me they sometimes need a little magic from a hairdresser.
Thatching is an ancient art form, the thatched roofs you see in England are often made from straw, tightly compacted to shield houses from rain, it also doubles as great insulation!
In most of England, thatch remained the only roofing material available to the bulk of the population in the countryside, in many towns and villages, until the late 1800s. Commercial distribution of Welsh slate began in 1820, and the mobility provided by canals and then railways made other materials readily available, this is why more modern homes sadly don’t usually have one of those glorious hair dos!!
A 2013 report estimated that there were 60,000 properties in the UK with a thatched roof; they are usually made of long straw, combed wheat reed or water reed. Gradually, thatch became a mark of poverty, and the number of thatched properties gradually declined, as did the number of professional thatchers. Thatch has become much more popular in the UK over the past 30 years, and is now a symbol of wealth rather than poverty. There are approximately 1,000 full-time thatchers at work in the UK, and thatching is becoming popular again because of the renewed interest in preserving historic buildings and using more sustainable building materials 💁🏻♀️
We love this new instruction, it's just so welcoming in every way! It has been extended and updated and it's in one of our nicest villages. On top of that it is quietly located on a no-through road where the sound of bird song is all you will hear.
It is a mellow redbrick period cottage, semi detached and extended to the rear whilst retaining potential for further expansion to the side (subject to the usual consents). The cottage sits between spacious front and back gardens and has a large gravel driveway with ample parking as well as a sturdy detached garage. It is stylishly presented and has a great kitchen / dining room at its heart plus a light filled sitting room. Upstairs the three bedrooms and good size bathroom come with a useful dressing room. #wiltshire