These clients were actually on their way to look at another property with an estate agent when Philippa caught her first glimpse of the beautiful 15th century brick and stone farmhouse in Surrey where they now live. Philippa loves grey, white and natural colours. The beams were painted black in most parts of the house which did not correspond to Philippa’s taste and ideas for her lovely home. When she spotted our advert in one of the country lifestyle magazines, she called to ask if we could really renovate beams without mess. Having young children, and beautifully furnished, listed property, any form of blasting or stripping was ruled out. She was not only relieved we could actually offer this service but also intrigued that we could offer her a bespoke oak finish. To complement her taste and ideas, we invented this new grey finish, now available to all of our clients. It is a weathered oak finish, also called Pipa Grey.