Muddy Mortars

Background

This historic building, which is currently in use as a Post Office, was suffering from some slight damp issues and cracking render due to underlying structural issues, but was also hideously ugly and devoid of character - it had been covered with a thick layer of brown cement pebbledash!

The client asked us to carry out a traditional restoration with breathable materials in order to make the building dry and structurally sound. We knew that its appearance would improve significantly, but had no idea that such a lovely structure was hiding underneath the dull render.

Our Work

Once the render was stripped, we discovered that the lower three fifths of the property were good quality stonework and the top section was cob. The cob was somewhat eroded but generally dry and in reasonable condition.

We used cob blocks to restore it to its original level before re-rendering with four coats of breathable lime. To enhance the proportions of the building we brought the render down so that a third of the wall was covered and left the remaining two thirds as exposed stonework. We then cleaned the stonework, repaired it as necessary, and lime pointed it.

Types of work completed:

  • Breathable Paint System
  • Cob Repairs
  • External Lime Render
  • External Pointing
  • Stone Cleaning
  • Stone Repairs

Conclusion

We feel privileged to have been able to work on such a prominent and beautiful building, and are proud to have left it dry, stable, and good to last another hundred years.

Project Gallery

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