Architectural Conservation

At Ravenoak, we pride ourselves on offering our clients unrivalled craftsmanship. We employ only the very best and most skilled people: artisans who are not only specialists in architectural conservation, but who work with careful thought and unrelenting passion, pride and loving care, selecting the finest materials and applying the same consideration and dedication to every millimetre of their work. Their meticulous attention to detail, technical expertise and problem-solving abilities enable Ravenoak to guarantee its clients the very best results every time.

We aim to meet all our clients’ decorative and architectural conservation and restoration requirements, but have particular expertise in the following areas below.

Plastering and mouldings

Our team is skilled in a variety of plastering techniques, including lime, lime render, horse hair, lath and plaster, and fibrous plastering. As well as matching original plasterwork in small or large areas of work, we repair damage to ornamental plastering, including cornices, panel mouldings and ceiling roses.

Woodwork

Having started out as hardwood flooring specialists, we have extensive experience and expertise in working with timber of all kinds. We carry out localised repairs and replace damaged timber, remove unsightly marks including widespread staining, touch out damage to finishes and provide advice on cleaning and maintenance to help prolong the life of the original materials. As well as timber flooring, we apply our expertise to architectural joinery including panelling, staircases and fitted furniture; to wooden carvings and mouldings; and to doors, handrails, thresholds, nosings, skirtings and other trims.

Stone, masonry and ceramics

We have a team dedicated to the sympathetic restoration and conversation of stone and masonry structures, including floors, walls, columns, frontages and decorative architectural features. Our specialists remove discolouration, staining and soiling; carry out re-pointing; and replace masonry that is crumbling or defective as a result of the effects of weathering. We also work with ceramics, replacing cracked or missing porcelain and terracotta wall and floor tiles with matching new or reclaimed tiles, replacing missing or defective grout, and restoring original finishes.

Decorations and period finishing

Thanks to an extensive knowledge of period finishing, our team can touch out surface damage and restore most types of finish, including high-gloss lacquers, hand-finished polishes, marquetry inlays and specially-commissioned painted decorations. Our extensive expertise includes, but is not limited to, gold leaf gilding (water and oil), fine painting and decorating including murals, paint effects graining, marbling, french polishing and sign-writing. We also hang wallpaper and repair or replace fabric walling.

Cleaning and maintenance

Our maintenance team provides a sympathetic and sensitive deep cleaning service to improve the appearance of areas of a building’s fabric by removing unsightly marks and staining. Where necessary, we then apply new coats of finish to restore the area’s original sheen. Our experts can also advise in-house teams on the best methods of cleaning and maintenance to help preserve the finish.

Surveys and conservation reports

We work closely with our clients to help them prolong the life of the original materials and finishes they care for. Our specialists survey the condition of interior and exterior environments and produce a conservation report identifying recommendations and priorities for treatment, enabling clients to decide how best to allocate their repairs budget.

An invisible art

Restoration is an invisible art. Done sensitively, the many hours of meticulous planning and preparation, skilled craftsmanship and dedicated, loving care that go into bringing an object or environment back to its best are invisible to all but the most trained and experienced eye. Our restoration specialists are experts in reversing damage and re-establishing original appearances and finishes in both small and large areas of work.

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