“We knew our extensive renovation project was in safe hands”


When Jenny Osborne visited her grandparents in their cottage in an Essex village during her childhood, she had no idea that one day it would be home for her and her husband Nigel.

Now retired and living happily in the renovated thatched cottage, they spend their days enjoying their home and large garden.

Following the death of her grandparents and then her uncle and aunt who lived in the house, the Osbornes decided to undertake an extensive renovation project so they could live there – and very importantly, keep it in the family by leaving it to the next generation.

With a Grade II Listed building which had not been updated for over 60 years, they faced a huge challenge, not only with the renovation work but the detailed consents before they even embarked on the project.

Nigel takes up the story. “Without Hall Brothers, we wouldn’t have got it off the ground,” he says. “They were recommended by our son who had used them for a conservatory some years ago and we were all impressed with the quality of the work. We also needed a company which specialises in Listed buildings and familiar with all the planning and consents required.

“From the very first chats with Philip and Richard, we knew we were in safe hands. The refurbishment programme was very extensive – upgrading the windows, doors, staircases, kitchen and bathroom – and at one point we even had no roof!

“Preparing for the project and obtaining all the necessary permissions, took around two years but once the building work started everything ran to plan and took around nine months. One of the many pluses is that Hall Brothers makes everything bespoke to fit and so they are not dependent on third parties to deliver. It was all completed on-time and we were able to move in.

“We would recommend the company wholeheartedly. If you want a job done and done well, you can do no better than Philip, Richard and their team of traditional craftsmen.”