It’s not every day that Hawkers receives a call from Australia where our future client was living at the time. On a rather broken telephone line the gist of the enquiry was that she and her husband had just acquired an office building in Bath and they needed help in converting it back to a house. We were given the address of 23 Queen Square and asked if we would have a look at it and advise what was required…
What followed was Hawkers being part of a 2-year restoration project that covered all manner of bespoke joinery. The property in question was Grade One Listed, on the northern façade of the Square and was the original first transformational Bath development of John Wood senior in 1727. With five floors and rear garage / orangery totaling 7000 square feet the project involved restoring, replacing and making doors, sash windows, shelves, lanterns, staircases and all manner of woodworking including putting back the original dumb waiter.
Working with a large team of other trades and spending many hours with the client making sure that we followed their brief, our entire Hawkers team were at one time or another heavily involved in what was an exciting and thoroughly enjoyable project. The images cover some of the more interesting aspects of our work and demonstrate beautifully the range of skills and tasks that Hawkers takes great pride in producing. Joiner Andy who spent almost six months on site is still reflecting on the installation of the giant wedding doors and has nightmares about the number of times they were up and down before finally getting the perfect balance for seamless closing and opening.
It is pleasing to see the property went on to feature in many magazines and know that we played our part in restoring one the Bath’s great houses to it’s original splendour.