Mill Cottage (Carpenters Lodge) was originally built in 1847 and is believed to have been Lodgings for the Timber Mill next door. The building has undergone a few changes over the years, in 1994 a new roof was added then electricity and water came soon after that.
We purchased the property in 2014 and started renovating Carpenters Lodge in July 2016. The outside stonework/bricks had to be replaced due them being porous, old and broken. The electrical work had been rewired, pipe work laid for the gas and water. The entire house was plastered keeping the curve shape ceilings to the bedroom and the high ceilings in the utility and bathroom areas. A new modern kitchen, staircase, doors, windows, architrave, and skirting boards were installed. Then we started to add the character back: – four beautiful wooden beams added in the kitchen, bathroom, utility, and hall. In one of the bedroom the cupboard has been changed into a wardrobe. We also managed to fit a quaint cupboard under the stairs. Once the old plaster was removed off the fireplace wall we discovered a lovely brick wall and have kept the original brick wall fireplace exposed.
Before my husband and I had taken on this restoration job we had previous experience in renovating a few houses in Australia and two of which we still own today. Through my husband’s DIY knowledge and my project, finance planning and procurement background we’ve manage to pull together the necessary workforce and materials. To keep the charm and character we used and restored upcycling items out of the old building, bought them locally or imported items in from different places around the world.
The renovations are complete and has given us a lovely lodge and a self-contained accommodation with enclosed, private courtyard.