building-extension suffolk

How to ensure an extension adds value to your home

As a general rule, adding additional floor space to your home should in most cases add value to your property. More space equates to better quality accommodation and should you put your house up for sale its value should reflect that. However, there are exceptions to this rule and instances which might cause you to think


Gorse Hill

Refurbishment project at Gorse Hill, Aldeburgh

From time to time, we are lucky enough to work on a truly stunning property and Gorse Hill in Aldeburgh fits that description: it has a beautiful garden, lots of space, is just minutes from the beach and has a sea view. A very special living space Our work on this seven-bedroom Arts and Crafts


Letheringham Mill

Letheringham Mill holiday cottages near Wickham Market, Suffolk

Our work on the award-winning Letheringham Mill holiday cottages, set in beautiful rural Suffolk countryside near Wickham Market, has seen us complete three projects for the same client on the same site. Riverside cottages Working closely with Ipswich architect Richard Shiel, the first phase involved the conversion of existing outbuildings to form three top quality


2018 trends

Five building trends for 2018

At Charles Clarke, we are able to produce the highest quality of workmanship either using traditional methods or increasingly working with new materials and products. Here, we offer our view of the five building and home design trends that we will see as go into 2018: 1. Smart lighting There has been a lot of talk


Refurbishment of old rectory at Blaxhall

We are particularly proud of the renovation and refurbishment work we carried out on this wonderful character property in the village of Blaxhall, near the Suffolk Coast. The property owner had engaged Framlingham-based chartered surveyors Clarke & Simpson who recommended us for the project. Preserving original features Work included installing a new bathroom, renovating the guest



Beating damp in an old home

A particular problem with old houses, especially ones that may have been neglected for a time, is damp. And it is at this time of year – the winter – when the weather is wet and cold that people start to feel the negative impact of damp. A damp house tends to always feel cold, is



Glass staircase at Dunwich

Such is the speed of innovation in the building sector today that we are constantly asked to work with contemporary materials and new designs. A dramatic effect can be created when blending modern materials within traditional buildings, such as in the case of this glass staircase we installed in a barn conversion property in Dunwich


Cosy home

How to make your home cosy for winter

One thing about living in the UK that many people enjoy is the changing seasons. And while winter may see the nights draw in and temperatures drop, it’s a chance to hunker down and enjoy your home. But to really enjoy being cosy in the evening it’s important to set the mood with the right temperature, lighting


Radwinter barn

Barn restoration and conversion at Radwinter

With their open-plan lay-outs and lofty spaces, barn conversions can create spectacular living spaces. Here at Charles Clarke & Son, we have wide experience of restoring and converting these former outbuildings into stunning homes. Complete rebuild This particular barn conversion was part of a larger project to renovate a total of two barns and a


Energy efficient

4 ways to make an old home energy efficient

Every project we take on considers energy efficiency alongside quality and style of build. We carry out renovation and building work on all manner of properties from ultra-modern homes to more traditional town houses and country residences. We have a particular expertise in restoring and updating period properties, where today a major consideration is incorporating energy


Cowboy builder

Seven tips on how to spot a cowboy builder

A surprisingly high number of people have had a bad experience with cowboy builders. One survey found that up to 40% of homeowners have had to contend with shoddy workmanship, damage to their property and even theft in their time. Last year the Citizens Advice Bureau is reported to have dealt with over 25,000 complaints


Burgh Farmhouse

Renovation and restoration of farmhouse, Burgh

We offer the full range of building services from masonry and floor work, carpentry, plumbing and heating through to kitchen and bathroom installations and high-quality decorating services. A project to renovate and restore a four-bedroom farmhouse located at Burgh near Woodbridge involved all of these areas of expertise and more besides. A period house with