Exposed timber-frame and rendered panels are synonymous with historic timber oak framed buildings. Although a great number of previously panelled frames have become covered by tile hanging or weatherboard, an equally great number survive as exposed framing and rendered panels.
Unfortunately, during the 20th century, a large proportion of rendered panels were replaced with hard sand and cement render causing untold damage to the structural frame by trapping moisture and accelerating timber decay. By contrast a poorly maintained or damaged traditional panel will not effectively 'wick away' any water resting on the frames horizontal surfaces which will also lead to timber decay if the panel is not repaired.
Rendered panels may include a modern build up of insulation, blended with traditional materials or a traditional method such as a riven lath and lime render finish.
By using correct methods and traditional materials your panels will last and if looked after will only require minor attention to maintain their effectiveness and appearance. This can easily be achieved by craftsmen experienced in the careful restoration of historic buildings and is a service offered by Anthony Hicks.
“ We took a long time to find the right company to build our dream but it was worth it, "we found the best"” Mr & Mrs Duggleby
“ I have used Anthony Hicks three times now on projects and I have recommended them to several friends who have also used their services. There are many people professing to build this type of structure and the magazines are littered with such adverts. However none of them in my opinion match the design and finish that Anthony Hicks can provide. I definitely think they use more timber and bigger sizes in the construction. The last building was almost entirely constructed without any metal fittings on the frame as it would have been hundreds of years ago . I am now looking for a site for a new build and I will be speaking to Anthony Hicks in the future” Mr & Mrs Andrews
“ We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all at Anthony Hicks. The whole team were extremely professional and efficient from the initail design meetings through to Practical completion. We are extremely proud of what has been produced and would not hesitate to recommend them” Mr & Mrs Fraser
“ We have been very pleased with all the work which Anthony Hicks have done for us. They have shown very great attention to detail, and provide excellent and personal customer service.” Mr & Mrs D
“ We would not hesitate to recommend Anthony Hicks as a company. Simply put, they are a fantastic group of people who are very good at what they do and who always ensure that they do the best job possible.” Mr & Mrs Vernon
“ The finished product is testament to the enthusiasm and professional attitude that is Anthony Hicks, from the start stages of design through to the fabrication and build of the oak frame and associated works the project was carried out with exceptional care and attention to detail and I cannot thank the team enough for beautiful home that we now enjoy.” Mr & Mrs Mason, Nr Maidstone, Kent