Beam Renovation


Renovating beams since 1997



01797  458 508


Back from Black


Since developing our process of restoring oak beams in 1997, our family company has grown and gone from strength to strength.


Penny, Nicholas's mum came up with the process in 1997 after a client asked if there was anything she could do with the black beams in her 17th century cottage. The local conservation officer would not allow blasting as it was a listed building and chemical/hand stripping was too messy and would have taken too long.


After a bit of trial and error, a recipe evolved. Over the next year the process (recipe and technique) were refined and improved.

- In 2005, she was finalist in the County Living Magazine "Women in Rural Enterprise" for the "back from black" beam process, since then we have worked all around the UK.

- 2006 finalist in the "Cotswold Life" Business awards (Innovation of the year).

- 2006 Renaissance Beams listed in the Cotswold top 50 businesses in the "Cotswold Life" magazine.

- 2009 won the Business Achievement Award for Renovation Specialist of The Year

- 2012 Nicholas decided to move to Sussex and set up Back From Black Beam Renovation Ltd.

- 2016 Back From Black took over Renaissance Beams.


We mainly work in Grade II and I listed properties all over the country and especially in the Home counties and South East (Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hamsphire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Herts and Essex).

We very much enjoy meeting and working for our customers who own those beautiful period properties.

We have been restoring and renovating beams in thousands of small country cottages, farmhouses, wealden Hall houses, barn conversions,  jacobean houses, old Tudor properties and thatched cottages.

From the "the sweet chocolate box cottage" to the large family farmhouse or manor house, we are happy to give free advice and quotations.


Our process is without doubt the kindest and gentlest way to restore oak beams in your property.

We never damage the fabric of the beams and we don't create any mess or dust. The surrounding decor is never damaged (paint or plaster).


This clever finish eradicates the need for stripping or any form of blasting  which can greatly damage the wood and will always raise the grain no matter how gentle the blasting.  It can also alter the old patina and fabric of the wood which often contributes to the beauty of the beams.


Our products highlights the natural grain of the wood. All the knots or carpenter marks are brought back to life while we ligthen the beams and unifiy them at the same time.


It works on any wooden surfaces. It is eco-friendly and can also be used on bare timber like the Potton houses Douglas fir which is naturally a very orange timber. We have worked in the Potton show homes commissioned by Kinspan and have renovated numerous Potton houses over the years.


Timber that has been sandblasted and rooms with mismatched timber can also be greatly improved with our process.

Also, the potential use of soft wood or mismatched timber is of no consequence with our process.


We believe it is very sympathetic to period properties as proven by our records of conservation officers' approval and  consent.

We are recommended on a weekly basis by numerous clients and their architects or interior designers or other trades in the building industry.


The end results are that the beams look both lighter and beautifully aged while at the same time no damage has been caused to the timber or surrounding decor. Usually our clients are amazed about how much grain and details we bring back to life from the beams.


The process we have created for restoring oak beams is one that requires a great deal of skill and the use of materials which had previously not existed. We have invented a special material and developed the skill to implement it.  Our specially trained craftsmen work diligently to the highest of standards to ensure that all of our clients both private and commercial get the highest quality service. We endeavour to be polite, professional and efficient.







About Us


We also offer our service in France in both English and French having much experience in our field we are able to provide a firm quote by email.


In order to obtain a quote for restoring beams, please send us an email with the address of the property,  photographs showing as much of each room as possible with room dimensions detailing the width, length and possibly the height of each room please.


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"Having developed this unique system ourselves, we  take great pride in the quality of our workmanship and our attention to detail."


Nicholas Sinclair, co-founder of Back From Black Beam Renovation Ltd.