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Give Old Wood, New Life

Whether your wood needs revival, rebuilding or a simple renewal, we can support your timber.

With over 15 years’ experience in the trade, we have a bigger picture approach to decorating your home. As standard we ensure restored surface preparation, surrounding area protection and no mess left behind, so the only thing you need to worry about is deciding your new finish.

Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be able to discuss your colour schemes and recommend the best products for your home in your free consultation, then our streamlined service will ensure that your home is transformed in the least time possible without compromising your results.

Add in our durable, eco-friendly products (Graphenstone approved interior painters) and listed building speciality, and we make your “Good as new” target “Better than ever!”.

Wooden features bring character to your home. Touch up maintenance between paintings prolong and preserve the structure, but we also offer dedicated restoration to fully restore your wood to its former glory.

Sash Window restoration

Your Sash windows are an integral part of your home’s history and personality. Using the latest products and our restoration and repair expertise in listed building preservation, we’ll present that character at its best.

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Repair Care

Considered the authority in sustainable timber restoration and maintenance, we use top of the range Repair Care products to ensure lasting protection on your restoration.

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Oak stripping and treatment

Revive your woods natural effect though our 3-step process: removing impurities from the top layer with caustic soda, sand smooth and polish for a rejuvenated finish.

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Casement window restoration

Maintaining casement windows is essential for the value and comfort of your home. With over 15 years of restoration experience, our process is as watertight as you need your windows to be.

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listed building restoration

Approximately 92% of all listed buildings are grade 2. Bree’s Decorating are specialists in grade-2-listed-building restorations and can guide you through the whole process.

Talk to one of our team for assistance today.

Listed Building Restoration

If your building is included in the list for buildings of special architectural or historical interest, there are special criteria for you to consider when doing restoration work.

Before planning work on any part of a listed building, please check the following:

  • Do you have the proper information and consent from your local conservation officer? As the homeowner, you are liable for any unapproved works on listed features.
  • Are you considering a repair method consistent with the original building design? Mixing traditional and modern techniques can cause irreparable damage to your structure.
  • Does your home insurance cover it? Restorations need to meet strict specifications so this must be checked with your insurer.
  • Is the work liable for tax reduction? Specific home improvements and restorations on listed buildings get tax reductions but these cannot be reclaimed after payment.

Restoration FAQs

Whats the difference between remodelling and restoration?

Restoration is the process by which a (typically historical) building or property is restored to its original condition, or to a state as close to this as possible, whilst remodelling, or renovation, is a process or renewal, which often results in the addition of new elements to a property.
Restoration projects typically involve undertaking any necessary repairs, replacing any old fixtures with replicas of originals, and refinishing any wood, including floors, or beams. Ultimately, the goal of these processes is to ensure the functionality of a building, whilst retaining its original character. Restoration, though most commonly undertaken on historical properties, can also be used on modern buildings.
Bree’s Decorating are specialists in restoration, with over fifteen years of experience in restoring properties in a variety of conditions to their previous glory. Our team are highly trained in a variety of traditional restorative construction and reparative methods and are connected with specialist resource suppliers across the United Kingdom. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Is it worth it to restore an old house?

Restoration projects are often a large undertaking, especially in historical properties. Adhering to listing guidelines often means sourcing very specific materials, or using now-defunct methods in order to bring central elements of a property back up to standard. With this being said, restoration is an excellent investment, one which allows for the maintaining of a property, whilst retaining its character and unique features.
Whether you are looking to live in or sell on, the Bree’s Decorating team are able to provide quality restoration, retaining your property’s character, whilst ensuring its future.

What is the first thing to do when restoring?

Establishing all period features in need of work is often a necessary first step to undertake when considering restoring a property. Research the history of the property if it is not already known – establish when approximately it was built, and what features and fixtures should be present according to the property style and period. Make note of any existing features in need of repair, and take into consideration any previous work which may have affected the condition of the building negatively, for example, breathable masonry covered with waterproof coatings, causing damp.
Bree’s Decorating are specialists in restoration, with over fifteen years of experience in restoring properties in a variety of conditions to their previous glory. Our team are highly trained in a variety of traditional restorative construction and reparative methods and are connected with specialist resource suppliers across the United Kingdom. Contact us today for a free consultation.

What restorations are worth doing?

Restoration projects are often a large undertaking, especially in historical properties. Adhering to listing guidelines often means sourcing very specific materials, or using now-defunct methods in order to bring central elements of a property back up to standard. With this being said, restoration is an excellent investment, one which allows for the maintaining of a property, whilst retaining its character and unique features.
Your home’s value can be determined by its features, so it can be hard to name specific opportunities to preserve value with renovations. Book a free evaluation with our experienced team at Bree’s Decorating today, in order to establish how restoration could add to your property.

How do you remodel old wooden frames?

Though a large undertaking, renovating historical properties can be incredibly rewarding. This is often the case for timber frame homes, which can date back centuries. The timber present in these properties has likely been exposed to the elements for years, particularly in the case of those not clad with brick or lime render, meaning they are often in need of repair.
Bree’s Decorators are specialists in timber retention and restorative work. Our experienced team will be able to analyse the timber, identifying potential issues, and undertaking appropriate remedial work accordingly. The timber present in historical buildings is often protected under listings restrictions, meaning old wooden frames cannot necessarily be ‘remodelled’, but may be restored. Restoration may involve the repairing of sole plates, inappropriate paint, and frame exteriors, alongside conducting regular maintenance to ensure the frame is kept at its best.
Get in contact with our team of experienced restoration specialists today to arrange a free consultation regarding wooden frames or any of our other services.

How can I tell which grade my listed building is?

The National Heritage List for England is a database including all listed properties in England, accessible to the general public through an online search. If your property is listed, it should appear in this database, alongside its grade. This grade will correspond to the ‘interest level’ of the property, with more restrictions applicable to higher grade properties. Generally, changes made to any grade of listed building must be in keeping with the history and character of the property.
Approximately 92% of listed buildings are grade 2, with 5.5% labelled grade 2* and 2.5% being grade 1. Grade 1 buildings are usually considered of international importance.
Bree’s Decorating are specialists in restoration, with over fifteen years of experience in restoring properties in a variety of conditions to their previous glory. Our team are highly trained in a variety of traditional restorative construction and reparative methods and are connected with specialist resource suppliers across the United Kingdom. Contact us today for a free consultation.

What does it mean to have a grade 2 listed building?

Grade 2 listed buildings are defined as a building or structure situated within the UK deemed "of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve it". Buildings awarded this status are recorded on The List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, alongside a grade corresponding to a level of interest.
Approximately 92% of listed buildings are grade 2, with 5.5% labelled grade 2* and 2.5% being grade 1. Grade 1 buildings are usually considered of international importance.
Buildings with listed status must be repaired with regard for their history, and character – with restrictions in place by law. Bree’s Decorating are experts in listed building restoration. Our team are highly trained in a variety of traditional restorative construction and reparative methods and are connected with specialist resource suppliers across the United Kingdom. Contact us today for a free consultation.

What can you do to a listed building without consent?

It is a criminal offence to alter a feature in a listed building without obtaining prior consent. The current penalty for interfering with a listed property is a fine of up to £20,000 or 6 months in prison. Specifications for alterations are often strict and specific, meaning it is best to seek the advice of a professional or specialist prior to submitting applications, or to starting work.
Bree’s Decorating are specialists in restoration, with over fifteen years of experience in restoring properties in a variety of conditions to their previous glory. Our team are highly trained in a variety of traditional restorative construction and reparative methods and are connected with specialist resource suppliers across the United Kingdom. Contact us today for a free consultation.

What is the penalty for doing work to a listed building without consent?

The current penalty for interference with a listed building without obtaining consent is a fine of up to £20,000 and 6 months in prison. These penalties are a strong example of why it is best to obtain advice before beginning any work.
Bree’s Decorating are specialists in restoration, with over fifteen years of experience in restoring properties in a variety of conditions to their previous glory. Our team are highly trained in a variety of traditional restorative construction and reparative methods and are connected with specialist resource suppliers across the United Kingdom. We will be happy to offer advice on suitable alterations or repairs for your listed property through a free consultation.

Can I paint beams in listed buildings?

Painting over prominent features such as beams, exposed walls or engravings is generally avoided in listed buildings, as is pressure washing or sandblasting. This is due to the fact that making certain alterations to prominent features such as beams in listed buildings is illegal. Paint, especially those containing plastics, can be extremely detrimental to the health of old timber, making the painting of timber a rarely granted alteration.
The team at Bree’s decorating are still able to highlight existing features, such as timber beams without the need for extensive alteration. Get in contact with our team of experienced restoration specialists today to arrange a free consultation regarding wooden beams or any of our other services.

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Restoration SERVICE BENEFITS

Increased home value

Original features of a home, in great condition, are a sought-after aspect for homebuyers which they will pay for.

Longer lasting characteristic home features

Regular maintenance of your homes structure is essential for the lifespan of those elements you treasure.

Saves a big expenditure down the road.

Replacing a whole component of your home comes with added complications when you least expect it. Save yourself the hassle.

Restoration Clients Testimonials

Robert Harper

Prompt, polite, friendly & professional service. High quality finish. Our office has been transformed into a bright, crisp workspace. Colour suggestions where perfect for our needs. Thank you. Will definitely use again.

Cath Jane

John Bree is a rare find. From first to last, a gentleman and skilled tradesman. He goes beyond the extra mile. Treats each job with utmost commitment and pays equal attention to both preparation and tidy up. Our home is looking amazing since he started working with us.

Annette

Prompt, polite, friendly & professional service. High quality finish. Our office has been transformed into a bright, crisp workspace. Colour suggestions were perfect for our needs. Thank you. Will definitely use again.

Tony

Prompt, polite, friendly & professional service. High quality finish. Our office has been transformed into a bright, crisp workspace. Colour suggestions were perfect for our needs. Thank you. Will definitely use again.

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Interior Painting

Whatever the size, shape or desired effect of your room, we have the coat for you.
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Exterior Painting

With a full portfolio of exterior projects, we have the experience to make your home radiate style.
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Decorating

Using the best brands, we can update your home with a timeless look or the latest designs.
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Wallpaper Hanging

From classic to cultured, basic to bold, insulated to an innovative and full room to feature wall, we have you covered.
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Restoration

Whether your wood needs revival, rebuilding or a simple renewal, we can support your timber.
More about our restoration service.

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