conservation work


When we purchased The General Stores it was a half derelict house occupied by an elderly couple who had lived here for 22 years. They lived in the Butterfly Room and used the ground floor kitchen and the now dining room was their sitting room. The snug was an outdoor potting shed. The wet room was a utility room with nothing in it. The current sitting room was a tiled floored, empty cold room. The blue room was a store room with strip lights fixed to the beams with cable ties. The Jovial Colliers was a huge empty shop space with no doors or windows onto the garden. The four poster room had no floor and the ceiling had half fallen in. And the barn was just that – a huge empty barn with great beams and planning permission to convert it.

All architecural and Planning work was overseen by Paul Thornton with Structural second opinions by the other Paul of Geomex – thank you to both! The interior concept and use of space was Liz Lewitt’s. Mark Hayward of Montpelier Maintenance project managed, sweated, carried, lifted and repaired, helped by Pete Mad (bespoke carpentry), Jake Gibson (general), Graham, Jo, Steve Tutton and Chris Grogan, Greg and Roddy (ground works and stone lintels), Clive of Aspects Gardens, Electrics by Rich Craig, Gas by Keep Warm Gas and many others who have helped us over the years – a Big Thank You!  All ably assisted by Franco and his ceaseless chatter and his poking of sticks where they shouldn’t be poked.

To see more of Marks’ conversion work and property repair and maintenance, kitchen and bathroom fits, please look at The Almshouse page and the Boats page, and any of the interior pages for The General Stores.

To ask him to quote for any jobs on your own house or boat, repairing old properties, laying oak floors or installing a kitchen or bathroom, ring him on 07984 894 039. He works between The Forest of Dean and Bristol.


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