Property Renovation and restoration including listed buildings in Devon
RC Construction is a local Mid Devon based building company with vast experience in refurbishment, alterations & extensions. As progressive builders surrounded by westcountry estates our building company has a lot of experience with property renovation, particularly renovating properties that pre-date the 20th century, Whether it’s a complete barn conversion or just a structural wall removal from within a large old home; farmhouses, cottages, inns, stately homes and other listed buildings make up a lot of our projects.
We have a particular interest in combining contemporary & traditional construction techniques. Our understanding of local mid-devon planning issues ensures each build sits easily within it’s environment.
RC Construction employs a wealth of knowledge amongst it’s tradesmen. Working with the local stone and sourcing the correct slate for your property is very important with list buildings. We can even suggest using reclaimed materials to help you keep the cost down and still pass the listed properties requirements.
Property Renovation and alteration of period and listed buildings can involve many stages so we work with a Structural Engineer who can assist with Building Regulation Applications. RC Construction can organise the design, supply & fit of any joinery requirements, with our carpentry team even having many years experience in cabinet making and joinery.
Examples of listed building renovation by RC Construction can be seen here…
What Does ‘Listed’ Mean?
Homes that have obvious architectural styles or period features are particularly sought after and if a building is ‘listed’ it is officially outstanding. The list is a register that records buildings considered to be special because of age, rarity, architectural merit/technical innovation or association with a famous person/event. It can include village pumps or tower blocks as well as castles and houses.
There are three listing grades, broken down as follows:
Grade I – buildings of exceptional interest.
Grade II* – buildings of particular importance/more than special interest.
Grade II – buildings of special interest that warrant every effort to preserve them.
Are All Listed Properties Old?
Not all listed properties are necessarily ‘aesthetically pleasing’ or ancient – although a building generally has to be over 30 years old to become listed. Castle Drogo in Devon was built in the 1920’s but because it is particularly striking it carries a Grade 1 listing, Anderton House in North Devon is a Grade II-listed house and yet was completed in 1973. Listing a building means that its architectural and historic character must not be affected if alterations to either the exterior or interior are proposed. Being a Devon building company surrounded by beautiful estates and historical towns are well aware of the difficulty involved in improving the warmth of your home or perhaps extending your property when there are strict regulations you need to adhere to. RC Construction work on many listed buildings and are happy to simply discuss your requirements and help you answer those questions that may be stopping you take things further. Feel free to contact us here.
How Can You Tell If A Building Is Listed?
If you’re buying a listed building, it’s unlikely that you’d do so without knowing it was listed. If you suspect but don’t know for sure, your local authority will be able to tell you, and will also confirm if the building is within a conservation area. As a rule, buildings put up before 1700 which are still close to their original condition are generally listed, as are most built between 1700 to 1840. Thereafter, criteria are much stricter.