About Us

Muddy Mortars offers an excellent service in all types of traditional plastering, pointing and stonework as well as contemporary green building techniques.

Our Story

Here at Muddy Mortars, we’re a traditional building team with a modern approach. We don’t just break down buildings to rebuild and improve; we’re breaking down the builder stereotype too.

Our team is passionate about repairing, renovating, and restoring traditional buildings, whether it be a rustic Cornish cottage, a period town house, or a dilapidated listed structure in the South West countryside. We’re experts in lime rendering, lime pointing and lime plastering, as well as cob repairs, stone repairs, and mass cob.

We operate mainly in Cornwall, but will travel further afield for really special projects. We’re bringing traditional building into the modern age and specialise in green eco building techniques in the South West as well.

We pride ourselves on the longevity and quality of our work, whether it’s a large area of render, intricate detail work, or restoring an entire listed country cottage – we have a passion for renovating and improving characterful buildings in Cornwall and the South West.

Our Team

Here at Muddy Mortars, we’re a traditional building team with a modern approach. We don’t just break down buildings to rebuild and improve; we’re breaking down the builder stereotype too.

J C S Page

Muddy Mortars

J C S Page, the founder of Muddy Mortars, holds several industry qualifications such as a National Diploma in Countryside Management, NVQ 3 in Traditional Lime and Masonry Work, Foundation Degree in Rural Management, and a BSC in Environmental Management. He is enthusiastic about every project, whether it’s a few square meters of lime mortar repointing, building a cob oven, or undertaking a complete reconstruction.

Page says:

I like how the traditional building industry always offers surprises; you never know what you may have to repair. I particularly love working with listed buildings and larger renovation projects, as there’s a huge sense of satisfaction when you finish a job. If you can take a sad, wet looking Cornish cottage and renovate it to make it last another 100 years, you feel like you’re working to keep traditional architecture alive, in a fast evolving and modern world.

Ollie Marshall

Muddy Mortars

Ollie has been an apprentice for nearly two-and-a-half years and has a keen eye when it comes to traditional building. Ollie holds an NVQ 3 qualification in Traditional Lime and Masonry Work, as well as a A-Levels in Maths, Physics, English and Graphic Design. Ollie strategises the best way to conduct home improvements and listed building renovations and repairs. He represents a new generation of builders by bringing a fresh, contemporary attitude.

Ollie says:

I love eco homes and buildings and really enjoy designing, which is why I think the strategy aspect is one of my favourite things about the job. I really like building relationships with the clients too, it’s a great feeling to know that they trust you and recommend your work—it makes you go the extra mile.

Sam Stewart

Muddy Mortars

Sam is also an apprentice and comes from a Royal Navy background as a communications technician. Sam has A-Levels as well as an NVQ 2 in Trowel Occupations, and an NVQ Level 3 qualification in Traditional Lime and Masonry Work. Sam has a particularly neat and tidy ethos to his work, which is commented upon frequently by clients who like his conscientious attitude and attention to detail.

Sam says:

I really enjoy lime mortaring and rendering—I was first introduced to traditional building by my Dad who used to do thatching for older buildings. The work is so varied, and sometimes the renovations we undertake in Cornwall and the South West are so extensive, you can watch an old neglected building transform into something beautiful, strong, and healthy that will last for generations.

Perran Nye

Muddy Mortars

Perran has a history of landscape gardening and a degree in Plant Management. Perran has worked all over the world, spending large amounts of time in Switzerland and Italy. During his experience he’s gained a lot of skills in stone working, making him a valuable asset for stonework and cob repairs. Additionally, when Perran attends a job he performs a lot of organic agricultural work as well as helping develop the logistics of the job.

Perran says:

I think I offer an extra element to the normal client traditional building experience; with such a strong background in landscape gardening, I’m able to relocate plants and professionally trim back areas of the garden so that the renovation doesn’t negatively impact their horticulture, and they know that their property is in safe, experienced hands.

Paul Fitzpatrick

Muddy Mortars

With over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Paul has a plethora of skills and a vast background in high profile building projects (such as working on the Bank of England and annex to Westminster Abbey). The past 15 years have seen Paul develop and extend his traditional building methods and he’s worked on a variety of listed cob buildings and has even trained English Heritage students in the use of lime renders and clay plasters.

Paul runs his own traditional building practice, but collaborates with the Muddy Mortars team on large projects. He can be contacted independently on 07973683582 or through his company, Strawhaus.

Paul says:

I enjoy all manner of projects; whether it’s working closely with architects to construct walls made of hemp, lime, cob or straw bale, or stone cladding interiors and exteriors, repointing brickwork, working on heritage building sites or renovating an entire listed building, I love the variety.

Testimonials

"We used Muddy Mortars for two major projects - the complete renovation of a cob and granite barn and a granite cottage, and we are delighted with the finished results."

Mrs Pears

Property Owner
"We were delighted with the results of our newly transformed lime plastered walls and special mention should be made for the pointing carried out by Muddy Mortars. Thank you!"

Mrs Spurgeon

Property Owner
"Communication has been excellent, from detailed quote to regular updates whilst the work was underway. Even though we were 300 miles away, we were kept fully informed of progress."

Mr Lomax

Property Owner
"Page has consistantly given his best and is a hard and efficient worker. We look forward to continuing our relationship with him into the future in a mutually supportive way."

Mrs Bryce

Clayworks
"An efficient, tidy contractor whom clearly states work dates and commits to his schedule. I found it very helpful that they kept in touch and were adaptable for the work required."

Mrs Thorne

Property Owner
"Page was very knowledgeable and willing to discuss anything with us. We were extremely happy with the result and would definitely recommend Muddy Mortars to others."

Mr & Mrs Atkins

Property Owner

To get a quote or to arrange a building assessment, call us on 07842 199713 or 01736 741272.