The big move into Clivedon happened over one manic day last autumn. We were about to embark on a renovation and restoration project for a new home and office for Strata Associates.
Clivedon is a large Edwardian house in Church Stretton built in 1908 as a preparatory school for “girls and little boys”. The house has a large garden with a protected oak tree and is situated within the Church Stretton Conservation Area. The majority of the garden is at a higher level which makes it tricky for maintenance and mowing. The previous owners have built a house within the garden adjacent and moved to a lovely cosy new home next door. The house comes with a further building plot in the grounds, maybe our pension fund so watch this space…..…..
Bill had prepared a schedule of works which is very extensive and an indicative budget which I hoped we would be able to stick to!!
We started off with internal works, upgrading the wiring system which was very dated and carrying out work to insulate the walls and floors to make it draught-proof. We have installed a wood burning stove in the snug, redecorated and updated the bedroom on the first floor. We have started partitioning off the old kitchen to make a new family bathroom on this floor, hopefully which will have the wow factor when finished but we need to keep a sink in it for later as a temporary kitchen!
Outside, we assessed the trees on the patch and unfortunately an old copper beech tree was suffering from honey fungus so once we were given permission from the Council, this was felled by Olly the tree surgeon. We will now start clearing some of the bushes during the winter time (no birds nesting) so we can see what garden we have to work with.