Listed Building Restoration

Whatever age your property, whether the intimacy and character of a 17th century farmhouse, the grandeur and generosity of an 18th century townhouse or one of the ‘revival’ styles of the 19th and 20th centuries, VH are able to sympathetically restore and extend your home.

Revitalising historic buildings

Along with our custom and self build in Kent and other services, we undertake restoration and renovation of properties and we fully understand that revitalising such important buildings is a sensitive process requiring experience and expertise. As part of our design and build service we will manage the complete process and where necessary we will liaise with conservation officers, structural engineers, building control and a wide variety of specialist trades, each with their own input into the finished product.

Careful, considered conservation

As a design and build firm, we have a wealth of experience in restoring buildings, whether traditional timber frame or masonry structures. Where necessary, we work closely with historic building specialists, to provide detailed schedules and methodology for restoration. We recognise the importance of ensuring the restoration and conservation of large structural elements and smaller, more detailed elements such as mouldings and glazing bars is treated with the same level of thought and consideration.

Many of our restoration projects have also provided opportunity for extension and other improvements to add a new layer in the long history of these buildings.

Listed building & planning consents

Our design team and consultants at Vernacular Homes are able to work carefully with you to design proposals which can then be submitted for listed building and/or planning consents where required.

Presenting carefully thought through designs which respect the integrity and value of historic buildings is key to our success at gaining permission to restore and extend listed and historic buildings.

We are able to provide a high level of detail at design stage including: -

  • Timber & masonry surveys
  • Repair methodology statements
  • Heritage statements
  • Detailed joinery drawings and sections

Conserving character

Many clients come to us with buildings they love but which need updating or reworking. Vernacular Homes is able to work with the existing structure and carefully work with it to ensure when everything is finished the building still oozes the same character and is enhanced by our work.

Working with Vernacular Homes

Following successful outcomes for any planning or listed building consents you are free to choose whether you would like to instruct Vernacular Homes to carry out the building work based on our budget specification and estimate.

Vernacular Homes will work with you to ensure any works carried out to your property ‎run to a timetable and minimise any disruption. Many clients choose to take an active role in the build project visiting site often and requesting information different options where appropriate. Others like to agree the detailed specification and programme and have limited input throughout the build. Either way our commitment to high standards of workmanship and quality of service is unchanged.

Why choose VH for your restoration or renovation project?

1. We are experienced

We have been undertaking both the design and build aspects of restoration and renovation projects since we started in 2000.

The many restoration projects we've been involved with have been situated in the following villages and towns and we can undertake future restorations in any of the small villages and towns in the East Sussex, Kent and Surrey counties:

In Surrey:
  • Guildford
  • Horley
  • Dorking
  • Reigate and Redhill
  • Godalming
In East Sussex:
  • Heathfield
  • Hailsham
  • Crowborough
  • Lewes
  • Horam
In Kent:
  • Maidstone
  • Tunbridge Wells
  • Canterbury
  • Tonbridge
  • Sevenoaks
  • Tenterden
  • Westerham
  • Sandwich

2. The results speak for themselves

We can take our experience with restorations and converting barns in Kent, Sussex And Surrey and use it to your advantage. As a result, we have made numerous transformations – taking tired and dilapidated buildings, (including houses, cottages, farmhouses and others) to beautiful, crafted spaces which retain their essential character but are suitable for contemporary living.

3. We know the right people

As Sussex, Surrey and Kent area building contractors, knowing the right people is key to a successful restoration, whether it is the experience of our management team and builders or the many niche suppliers, specialists, architects and subcontractors we have worked with over the years who are able to bring to life even the most obscure building elements from the past.

Our own joinery workshop has produced many of the windows, doors and storage solutions you see in our photographs.

4. We can manage the whole process

Unlike many other construction companies, we can manage your project right through the planning process right to the final coat of paint to create a unique and comfortable property for you to live in.

Please feel free to contact us using our phone number 01233 861177 (ask for Trevor Weeks) for more information about how we can be of service to you if you have a property for restoration in Kent, Surrey or Sussex in the UK.

Case studies

Complex multi-phased renovation project


Complex multi-phased renovation project

Substantial renovation of rural dwelling

Parkland HouseView

Substantial renovation of rural dwelling

Characterful cottage restoration

Rose CottageView

Characterful cottage restoration