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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

Case Studies

Private Clients:

Requiring a sympathetic 2 storey extension for their Elizabethan cottage, the owners approached us to undertake the project. Work included a part timber framed extension, oak central frame, purlins, oak floor, spine beam and floor joists, oak glazed frame to two elevations and finally thatched in Norfolk Water reed.

The result not only gave them the extra space they needed but resulted in a truly stunning home.

Historic venues:

King Johns House Museum in Romsey is an early medieval half-timbered listed building dated from the 13th century and includes an unusual bone floor. Given the size and position of the house it’s likely to have been originally built for an important and wealthy person before passing into the ownership of the Abbey and then being bought by John Foster - a chaplain and one of the last abbey stewards in the mid sixteenth century.

I W Payne & Co was called in to repair the main roof structure which had started to fail due to inadequate and misguided earlier repairs.  We re-aligned the basic structure to make it work as originally intended to present continuing roof spread.  We also stripped, insulated and recovered the roof to cut down of heating which was over drying out the timbers.

Ecclesiastical Groups

Church Restoration

St Andrews Church in Meonstoke.

This Grade 2 listed church dates from 1230 and was built on the banks of the River Meon on the site of an earlier church. The tower was rebuilt of flint rubble in the 15th century – probably as a result of some ground settlement and the present roof was put up in the 18th century. We were brought to strengthen the foundations which not only required great skill but also needed the respectful and sympathetic temporary removal of early graves during the process

Charitable Trusts:

The owners of this delightful, listed 18th-century farm building near Salisbury in Wiltshire had obtained consent to demolish and the building was literally days from destruction. SAVE decided to issue a legal challenge against the planning authority for granting demolition consent without sound justification. The challenge was successful. SAVE pledged to raise money to assist in its repair. Furthermore as part of the repair deal SAVE will have regular access to the building for it own events.

Local Authorities:

Itchen Valley Country Park -High Wood Barn Visitor Centre and Café

The Visitor Centre was built in 1990 in the style of a 17th Century Hampshire Aisle Barn. It is constructed using the traditional methods of that period, from timber brought down on the Beaulieu estate during the 1987 storms.

Case Studies