Listed Buildings


We’re looking back at some past projects and our blog posts about them. We hope to provide some answers to the questions and queries you might have about building, renovation, and construction projects. This blog post about listed buildings was originally published 18/01/2020, and was updated 12/03/2021.

When doing any construction work within Cornwall and Devon, it is important to not only know if your building is listed but also what that listing entails. The South West area has a lot to offer in its heritage and there are many listed buildings. You might even live in one yourself! It’s important to look after these buildings and look after them in the right way, as they are nationally protected. As members of the Federation of Master Builders, we have the skills to look after your listed building in Devon or Cornwall.

All listed buildings will fall into one of three categories;

Grade l : Grade II* : Grade II

“Around 90% of homes are Grade II listed. Grade I being reserved for buildings of the highest significance.”

So What Does That Mean for Construction Work?

Having a listed building requires building/construction work to be done that complies with what is required by Historic England. Generally, there are a few major things to be avoided such as:

-Using cement mortar instead of lime (or cement render instead of lime render). You can read our blog post on lime render here. 

-Repainting the house in a different colour

-Alteration to staircases

-Poor re-pointing of any brickwork.

-Replacing wooden windows with uPVC

-Replacing cast iron guttering with plastic

Each property is case-specific. For example, in some listed buildings, properties already have plastic guttering etc.

How do I find out if my property is listed?

The list is accessed here, simply enter the postcode and all should be revealed.

Our experience with listed buildings?

Working with listed/conservation buildings is one of our specialities, whether it be using lime plaster, using the appropriate carpentry techniques, or using cob blocks we are extensively experienced in all the necessary procedures required by building control.

Renovating or organising construction on your South West listed building can seem daunting, but maintaining the heritage of a property helps to keep traditional skills of craftsmanship alive, and preserve its history. Devon and Cornwall in particular are places of great and outstanding beauty, and your listed building could play a part in the stunning scenery.