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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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

“We have been delighted by the Oak Frame Pergola which you recently installed at our home. Your help with the design, together with your excellent workmanship, has given us a superb addition to our garden which has already attracted numerous compliments. We would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone seeking your Oak Framing expertise."

D.Pennock, Northiam