We’re Serafin and Emma. We grew up in the Kent countryside, and have known each other since school. Since then we have moved to the west for work purposes, and are now married, loving life on the edge of the Cotswolds.
We’ve always been fascinated by old structures and have learnt a lot about them growing up.
Emma’s dad has always been in the construction industry (and still is) and had his own stone masonary company and factory. Her parents never bought a house that wasn’t a project. Serafin was interested in construction from an early age, trained as a bricklayer specialising in old techniques, and went on to run his own construction business. He’s since gone into management of large scaled projects, but can’t help doing little bits on the side! He renovated and extended a brick built victorian Kent cottage a few years ago (with help from Emma too!) and now it’s time to do it again. For this reason, the majority of the work will be done by us, with help from our family, friends, and talented tradesmen who have helped us out in the past (as well as anyone else who’d like to pitch in!)
Mainly, this blog is a great way for us to keep track of everything we do and the problems we’ll encounter, but more importantly how we resolve them.
We hope this blog will give you an insight into the kind of things you may come across when renovating/extending an old building. We hope it will also provide you with plenty of inspiration, and may even help you out if you have any queries regarding any specifics (damp, using old materials and techniques etc). We’ll make a list of all materials and tools we use too, and where you can find any of the more unusual bits and pieces.
And if your’e not interested in the build, and you’d just like to have a nose, follow our journey, and see what we find when we start ripping the place apart, that’s fine too! We’d love to hear from you either way.
Let the work commence…