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Rookery Cottage, Mareham-le-Fen

The renovations to Rookery Cottage are well under way.  This little cottage stood empty for over 20 years, and the former occupant’s daughter wanted to renovate the building using traditional ‘green’ methods and materials.  The decision was taken to remove the c20th brick ‘skin’ and reveal the original Lincolnshire mud & stud construction.  This meant that the timber frame could be repaired properly, and the mud reinstated where it had fallen away.  Original quarry tiles have been found to be still in place under the concrete ground floor, and this traditional floor surface is to be kept and enjoyed again.  A simple ‘catslide’ roof extension has been added to the rear, constructed of oak timber frame, laths and mud.  This gives added space for the kitchen and bathroom.  The cottage can now breathe again, having had its modern brick outer skin removed.  Mareham-le-Fen has many fine examples of mud & stud construction, and it is particularly pleasing to see this building revealed once again.

Trevor Oliver of Millstone Restoration Ltd has carried out the contractor’s work, with much practical input from the owner on the subject of interior fittings!