Welcome to The Charming Restorer
Stef Socki exclusive and bespoke restoration Preserving the past in sympathetic ways for future generations to enjoy
A passionate and quirky appreciator of antiques and furniture, period and historical buildings with over 25 years’ experience
The Charming Restorer adores the beauty and simplicity of old things in their raw and natural state which is why he's dedicated his life to preserving the past in sympathetic ways for future generations to enjoy. He's a highly skilled and talented craftsman, uniquely offering restoration and conservation services for not only big period properties and Listed Building projects but also for smaller projects such as antique and furniture repairs and restoration for you to enjoy. It’s a rare set of skills to have, all borne out of his love, passion and immense precision and practical skills. This makes him the go-to-person for all your restoration needs.
The Charming Restorer started out as a fine antique, furniture and clock restorer. As his business grew, so too did the projects and now, as a historical building conservationist, he offers complete period property and Listed Buildings repairs and restoration, timber window repair and restoration including sash window restoration. Everything he works on, he does to preserve, protect and conserve wonderful pieces and places for others to enjoy for many years to come.
He doesn’t only restore and preserve the past. He also creates the future. The Charming Restorer designs, builds and installs bespoke and exclusive interior and exterior joinery, furniture and windows and offers end-to-end cabinet making and carpentry projects, all delivered with the upmost precision and attention to detail to give you the highest quality product.
To do this, The Charming Restorer also partners with other specialists such as architects, surveyors, interior designers, stone masons and builders to bring you a high quality, unique and bespoke project.
With all his work, you’re guaranteed a respectful, skilful and hand-made product and service based on years of experience, developed from his eclectic workshop based at Rockwell End in the tranquil Hambleden Valley just outside Henley on Thames from where he works across the local areas including Oxford, Reading, Wargrave, Twyford, Marlow, Maidenhead, Windsor, High Wycombe and further afield into The Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and London.
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Exclusive. Bespoke. By-hand
River Thames Mill Apartment & Victorian London House
"Stephan has done several projects for me over the last few years from making an elegant oak staircase, to hand making and reinstating oak doors to restoring over 17 original sash windows. His precision, accuracy and craftsmanship are unbeatable and he has been a big part of restoring old properties in a sympathetic way into beautiful interiors. He is also utterly charming and a delight to have around!" David Millar, 2019
"Creates beautiful interiors"
"What a delight to have Stef complete our work to such a high standard AND do it to time and price. He creates beautiful interiors with genuine feature pieces. We will use him again." Nigel Macbeth, 2019
Beautifully refurbished 16th century cottage
"Stephan has helped me out on two house projects now, one a new-build, the other, a complete refurbishment of a timber-frame 16th century cottage. He is always enthusiastic, puts in the hours and is always there, whatever the weather. Stephan has a broad spectrum of carpentry skills, particularly essential when addressing the challenges and vagaries of period property renovation." Louis Backer, 2019