RPH Construction Co. Ltd.






Church Knowle

This was reputed to be the last cottage in Purbeck without a bathroom! It was untouched from the 1960s and almost derelict with just about everything from woodworm and dry rot to rising and penetrating damp. The refurbishment required complete stripping out - the stone flags on the ground floor were lifted to allow a new insulated and damp-proofed floor to be laid and we took the opportuniyu to fit underfloor heating at this stage. The entire 1st floor and rood were also stripped out leaving just a shell comprising the original stone walls.

The new concrete floor slab had to go down early on to allow accro props a firm base to hold up openings supported by rotted out timber lintols.

A new extension was constructed at the rear open through to the original lounge and kitchen area - now all knocked through into a single large space using RSJs which had to be fitted within the floor void because the ceilings were maintained at the original low height.

On the 1st floor the ceilings had to be galleried, requiring a complex 'cut-roof' to be built, as was the new extension ceiling.

Because of the age and location of the property the Councils Conservation Officer was consulted and all pointing and plastering over of the original Purbeck stone walls had to be done with a lime based plaster finish.

The entire outside was re-pointed, a new slate roof with heritage steel guttering. Hand made bespoke windows and doors were built for the original building with uPVC units on the rear extension.

One of the most challenging aspects of the project was simply sourcing enough vintage stone flag flooring to pave the entire ground floor and extension.