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Wimbrick House in Ormskirk, Lancashire, had fallen into disrepair and was in dire need of some TLC. Luckily Mr and Mrs Marsters saw the farmhouse as the perfect family home and decided to bring the property back to life, ready to spend Christmas together.
Wimbrick House, nestled in the charming town of Ormskirk, Lancashire, is a historical gem that exudes a unique character and significance. This case study unveils the captivating narrative of the comprehensive restoration undertaken at Wimbrick House, a testament to the dedication to heritage preservation and architectural revival.
Built in the mid-19th century, Wimbrick House is a Grade II listed residence that boasts distinctive Victorian architectural features. Over the years, the house had witnessed the ebb and flow of time, its grandeur slightly dimmed by the inevitable wear and tear of the elements.
The decision to embark on a restoration journey for Wimbrick House stemmed from a dual commitment – to preserve the historical significance of the property and to create a living space that harmonizes tradition with modern comforts.
Preserving the authenticity of Victorian architecture presented a challenge. The restoration needed to honour the original design while addressing structural issues and incorporating contemporary amenities seamlessly.
In total fourteen sash windows received a complete renovation by Ventrolla Lancashire, including new sash cords, shutters and casings to ensure the sashes open freely. The windows were then stripped, re-pointed and decorated to complete the job.
Four windows were completely replicated as the originals could not be rescued. This included the two classic arched windows to the sides of both elevations and two Yorkshire sliders to the front of the Boot Room.
Additionally, the planners were very accommodating in allowing the introduction of patio doors to the rear garden. Ventrolla provided classic 2.6-metre patio doors matching the design of the original windows.
The restoration process commenced with a meticulous assessment of Wimbrick House. Heritage consultants collaborated closely with restoration experts to identify historical features, assess structural integrity, and define the scope of the restoration.
Wimbrick House, like many heritage buildings, faced challenges related to structural stability. Skilled craftsmen meticulously repaired and reinforced the foundation, ensuring the structural soundness necessary for both safety and longevity.
The original sash windows, adorned with intricate glazing bars, were carefully restored. Draughtproofing solutions were discreetly integrated, striking a balance between energy efficiency and preservation of the windows’ historical charm.
The restoration extended beyond the façade. Interior spaces were rejuvenated while preserving period features such as ornate mouldings, grand fireplaces, and the graceful staircase, creating a seamless blend of historical elegance and contemporary functionality.
Given the Grade II listed status, collaboration with conservation authorities played a pivotal role. The restoration team worked closely with local heritage bodies to ensure that the project adhered to conservation guidelines while meeting contemporary building standards.
Authenticity demanded careful consideration in material selection. Where replacements were necessary, craftsmen replicated original features using materials true to the Victorian era, ensuring a seamless integration of new elements with the old.
The restoration of Wimbrick House unfolded as a transformative journey, yielding impactful results:
The unique Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System (VPSS) a process that improves and upgrades the performance of the windows by draught-proofing and eliminating rattles, was installed. This provides enhanced energy efficiency without altering the appearance of the window. Paul Marsters, the owner of Wimbrick House, said:
“The windows had been neglected and were in a bad way when we bought the property. They needed a lot of attention to bring them back into working order”
“The house was blighted by draughts and rattles coming from the windows and some were completely inoperable”
“We had planned to move the family in for winter so it was very important to get the house draught free for the children. I was very happy with the work Ventrolla did and thankful we could all celebrate Christmas together in our new home”
The restoration of Wimbrick House in Ormskirk, Lancashire, stands as a testament to the artistry of heritage preservation. This unique case study illuminates the delicate dance between the past and the present, demonstrating that a commitment to history can result in the resurrection of architectural marvels. Wimbrick House, with its renewed splendour, is not just a residence; it is a living chronicle of Lancashire’s rich heritage, beckoning to be admired and cherished for generations to come.
Ventrolla offers a bespoke renovation service for timber sliding sash and casement windows as well as timber doors. The company’s central office is in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, with regional Ventrolla offices located throughout the UK.