Restoration of Ancient Water Mill - Kingsbridge
New Mill was a group of disparate buildings of varying ages, shapes and sizes: an abandoned stable block, precariously linked to a dilapidated first-floor sunroom; the original mill building; the miller’s home; a modern single-storey extension tagged on.
Our aim for this major refurbishment was to work with the house, for example, restoring a spalted oak floor and the oak beams, replacing like with like, while introducing 21st century comforts, including en-suite bedrooms, a custom-made kitchen and under-floor heating.
- Weak internal circulation with widely differing floor levels.
- The risk of flash flooding and persistent damp.
- A gloomy interior with small, poorly located windows.
- A damp walkway between the house and the quarry at the rear.
- Windows that bypassed magnificent views.
- Establishing a coherent whole with limestone, oak flooring and hardwood joinery, while restored spiral staircases and hand-made oak staircases link the four buildings.
- A magnificent new, sunny entrance hall with a feature oak staircase, limestone flooring and new like-for-like windows.
- A re-aligned master bedroom and en-suite bathroom so that the owners can view the river from their bed.
- Fitting an oak staircase to the 2nd floor bedroom despite very poor access, exacerbated by a low doorway and 5.5m of stone wall, which had to be cut away.
- A house that is now bathed in light from hand-built windows, some repositioned and enlarged to take advantage of the views.
“We love the house, and a particular pleasure was working closely with the building team, who not only listened but had the skills to bring our personal vision to life…In fact, the key to our success was their personal approach. Before the contract was awarded, Neil, the MD, visited, and we immediately liked his approachability. He was human and knowledgeable – and not afraid to get his hands dirty. When a problem came up they would say ‘That’s OK. We can do that.’ And they did every time.”