Sunday, October 18, 2015

Honour for local builders

The completed restoration.
THE local firm of N.T. & J.E. Browning & Son has been honoured by the Master Builders Association of Tasmania for its work in restoring a colonial cottage near New Norfolk.

The Brownings took out the award for Heritage Listed or Period Home Restoration/Renovation at the Master Builders Tasmania Awards for Excellence 2015 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, on August 15.

The award-winning project was the restoration of the old Godfrey house on the Lyell Highway at Sorell Creek. With thousands of cars passing by every day, it was a high-profile endeavour. Built around 1870, the brick cottage was painstakingly restored and extended.

The original structure was strengthened and braced, and period features including a convict brick chimney, fireplace, Georgian mantle, doors and blackwood flooring were retained. The modern addition includes a sandstone atrium connecting new to old. Read more about the restoration in the Mercury newspaper's Home magazine here.

The kitchen.

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