A renovation project in Norfolk

In 2006 we purchased a cottage in North Norfolk, made it habitable and used it as a holiday home. It was then rented out for 2 years until 2017 and returned to us looking rather sorry for itself so we planned a major renovation and extension to bring it into the twenty-first century.

The little cottage went through a lot in the transformation:-

But it was worth it in the end :-

Page Cottage in Docking, North Norfolk is now available for rent through Barefoot Retreats. https://www.barefootretreats.co.uk

Our House in Norfolk




May 2015 update

Another six months have passed. Three bathrooms have been installed (one more to go), the beautiful bespoke kitchen has been installed by Jem Lake Kitchens Ltd, the stairs are in complete with bannister and the glass balustrade has been added to the balcony.



Kitchen 1

Kitchen 2


What a difference the plasterer makes!

Things are moving very rapidly.

Outside the patio has been laid using Indian limestone.IMG_1209











Inside two hundred sheets have been fixed to the walls and ceilings. The decorator applied the first coat of paint as soon as the plaster was dry in the kitchen/living area transforming it from a building site to a beautiful room.


And the bedrooms start to take shape too.

And the bedrooms too


Work continues apace in other areas too. The solar panels have been connected,first fix plumbing and electrics are completed. The “plant room” is starting to resemble the bridge of the Starship Enterprize and we haven’t even started on the air source heat pump yet.

IMG_1367Underfloor heating is being laid throughout the ground floor in preparation for the Flow screed to be pumped at the beginning of October. It will finally be safe to walk on the floors without fear of falling through the polystyrene insulation between the beams!




Three months later



I haven’t written anything for sometime,not because nothing has happened but because there hasn’t been anything to photograph.

Outside the cladding (cement fibre based cladding that never needs painting or maintenance) has been applied to the balcony and porch leaving a space for a small window for that all important sea view.

The windows finally arrived after eight weeks but were well worth the wait, powder coated aluminium in peppermint green. They look fantastic and integral blinds in the bifold doors and upstairs bedroom mean privacy and shade are ensured.


Meanwhile inside, the first fix electric is nearly completed with miles of cables snaking in and out of the walls and joists.

One hundred millimetre thick insulation between the joists and fifty millimetre on top mean the the plater board has had to be secured by four inch screws!





Work on the roof

On the 26th September the glulam beams arrive so that work can begin on the roof.  The quarter ton, eleven metre beam was manhandled into place by Stuart and his men.

IMG-20130926-00065IMG-20130926-00070                                                     That’s the first one in place only another ten to go!

The hand cut roof takes shape, a veritable forest of wood.











When complete, sterling board is nailed on to add strength to the structure.


First floor joists

First floor joists


We have used Easy joists which are made up of a 3×2 batten top and bottom held together with a metal webbing.

We are hoping to eliminate some of the creaking associated with solid wood joists but the biggest advantage is the ability to run all the services including 4 inch soil pipes through the joists.