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Coach House

Nutshell converted to living accommodation, the Victorian coach house and stables of an ancient manor house in Mid Sussex. The interior was stripped, yet retained some features, such as Victorian ironwork, in order to preserve its integrity. Two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms plus a modern kitchen and living area were all constructed in Nutshell’s [...]

By |December 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Meet Josh

Introducing Josh Fox. Josh joined the Nutshell team as a multi-tradesperson in August this year and works on a variety of our sites. His main trade is plastering, however, he completes several other tasks as part of his role. Why does he love Nutshell? Josh enjoys working for the company due to the professionalism and standard [...]

By |December 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Green Construction

At Nutshell we take pride in our Sussex heritage and we’re committed to preserving both the history and the environment of the county. As far as possible, we aim to use sustainable materials and traditional construction methods. Below, we’ve listed a few reasons why we think ‘going green’ is so important: It’s healthier – green [...]

By |December 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Mid Sussex Cottage

This large Mid Sussex country cottage received major refurbishment and was considerably enlarged. Firstly, we built a two-storey extension and a loft conversion integrating both in a style sympathetic to the original property. This effectively doubled the existing living space of the house. We then undertook a full redecoration and refurbishment of the property, as [...]

By |December 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Staying at home during construction

Whilst we strive to cause as little disruption as possible, it’s only natural that you’ll experience some disturbance during the construction process. We’ve come up with some essential tips for living at home ‘whilst the builders are in’. Find a construction-free zone – to keep your sanity intact and stay safe, make sure you mark [...]

By |December 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Ridgeview Vineyard

We were proud to have been chosen to construct and decorate a brand new tasting room for award-winning Sussex wine-makers, Ridgeview. The stunning interior is made up of well-chosen and precise hand-picked elements that combine to offer a stunning finish and the perfect ambience in which to sample Ridgeview’s wines. Our favourite features are… virtually [...]

By |December 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Construction Terms: Part 1

Although we value client collaboration and transparency above all else, occasionally we find ourselves getting carried away with construction jargon (there’s a lot of it!). So, to make the construction process a bit clearer, we thought we’d share our favourite construction terms. Airbrick – simply, a brick with small holes to aid ventilation and to [...]

By |December 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Meet Zack

Introducing Zack Ingram. Zack originally joined the Nutshell team as a labourer but was employed as an Apprentice Carpenter in September this year. He is currently studying carpentry at college and working alongside our experienced tradesman on site. Why does he love Nutshell? ‘I love Nutshell because I feel part of the team’ Favourite Project [...]

By |December 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Period Property Challenges

Any owner of a period property will know that there are certain issues that come with them, especially when trying to extend, improve or carry out any other kind of work. As restoration pros, we’ve come across a number of these challenges and have become pretty familiar with them. Building regulations – we’ve already written [...]

By |December 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Barn Conversion

As experts in restoration and renovation, this barn conversion was a natural fit for us. As part of a larger project involving property in Rusper, this barn allowed us to combine our knowledge of traditional architecture and construction with some stunning modern design to create the ultimate office space for our client. Our favourite features [...]

By |December 2nd, 2016|0 Comments