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"The major restoration of a 400 year old timber framed listed farmhouse that had not been occupied for more than 30 years is a daunting undertaking. The key to success is to appoint an experienced building contactor with a proven track record, who cares about the building and its heritage and who you can trust to do the right thing. I W Payne fulfil all of these criteria. We were reassured by their professionalism, delighted by the quality of their traditional craftsmanship and charmed by everyone’s friendly and helpful manner. We would not hesitate to recommend them." Steven

"We have used I. W Payne & Co for both internal and external work.  On both occasions we found their work to be of very high quality and they were thoroughly reliable and courteous." Mr & Mrs B from Sparsholt.


"Many thanks for carry out the work so efficiently and to a high standard.Mr S from  Winchester


"We are very pleased with the result." Mr & Mrs S  from Redlynch


"I really love the extension please will you thank all the guys for their hard work."  Mrs T from Southampton 


"Thank you so much for all your care and attention, it’s looking really good."  Mrs D from  Titchfield


"We are very pleased with all the work that has been done."  Mr E from Andover

Restoration and Alterations

Our unrivalled reputation for work on listed buildings has led to involvement in some fascinating projects since we set up in 1979. In some instances modern cladding has completely hidden the historic gems beneath, in others we have revealed parts of the building that the owner did not even know existed. (One client was delighted to find he owned a whole cellar which quickly became used for wine!)

Major works may need significant machinery as well as significant skills. The Granary (right), for example, required the use of twenty 30 tonne jacks in order to put in place the required foundations.

We take most pride in saving a listed building where it’s been assumed that nothing could prevent its loss - and many of these have been rescued through our unique process of re-alignment.

All our work begins with an on-site assessment which takes into account your budget and decides upon the most appropriate repair for your property.

We then bring in our skilled craftsman to transform the building. This might be in terms of

  • Scarfing in new timbers with old
  • Re-stitching reclaimed bricks into existing walls using lime mortar
  • Attending to long neglected lead work
  • Internal decoration with lime wash
  • Re-roofing with clay peg tiles or thatching with Norfolk Water Reed
  • Adding an entire extension in a way which is sympathetic to the existing building
Restoration & AlterationTradition Lime Plastering