Listed Property Club Sussex Heritage Award 2009 Project Book Carpenters Fellowship

Historic Oak Frame Barn Restoration

This 17th century oak frame barn was built on sandstone blocks, that originally date back to the doomsday book. The oak frame has been extensively repaired and restored, with new sole plates, two new 12"x 12" oak tie beams, new rails and studs. The lean-to was completely rotten beyond repair, so was replaced with new oak framing to match the original frame.

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I would like to add my name to the many satisfied customers of Heartwood Construction and Joinery. In our case they constructed a complex solid oak stair case over three floors, with an extra landing. This complex construction was in an Oast House which does not know what a “straight line or right angle” is! So this was a very complex difficult construction. We were delighted with the outcome, which was finished to an extremely high standard, and fitted with minimal disruption. I certainly would recommend Heartwood where complex hand crafted skills are needed.

Peter Ward Booth, Buxted, East Sussex

Heartwood Construction shows a refreshing enthusiasm and a professional approach to the inevitable repairs that are required. The installation of a concealed steel (T / flitch plate) inside a prominent oak beam was completed with a minimum of fuss and no unsightly reminders. Chris Payne richly deserves his 2009 Sussex Heritage Trust Award for a competent and sympathetic approach to historic restoration.

P.Higgs, Mayfield