With the pebble beaches of Slapton and the rugged coast around Starehole Bay, with the market towns of Kingsbridge and Totnes and the thriving sailing around Salcombe and Dartmouth and with the peace offered by the secluded valleys of the Erm, the Avon and the Gara – it’s no surprise that here we find some of the most beautiful old and historic buildings in some of the most spectacular countryside anywhere in the world.
The South Hams has a long history and with that come the many Listed Buildings, National Trust properties, churches, old schools along with houses and second homes for some to visit and others to live in – but all have one thing in common; vulnerability. It’s all too easy to renovate and repair with the wrong materials and the wrong methods – and such work damages the buildings and destroys the ambiance of the site and the surroundings; it can adversely affect all those who live in the area and even those simply passing by.
For this reason great care has to be taken to assess the materials and the approach in order to preserve the feeling of the building and to ensure that all work is sympathetic to the area, the history and the integrity of the site. It’s not just about materials and knowledge, it is also about an artistic appreciation of how materials such as timber, slate and lead can be worked together and sit well with the all-important finer touches of fascia boards and the smaller but crucially important fixtures and fittings of guttering and downpipes.
South Hams Building has in-house expertise and considerable experience with the renovation and re-building of historic properties of all construction types across the South Hams and we will always be happy to provide our insight and knowledge on any project which requires the preservation of character.