Muddy Mortars

Background

This 250 year old farmhouse was looking dull and characterless when we came to it. The front room gave away no clue as to the beautiful features that were hiding under the tired plasterwork. The space was cold and unwelcoming, and damp was visible lifting the paint and encouraging mould on the walls. The client asked us to deal with the damp issue using traditional methods, and to highlight and enhance any features we might find.

Our Work

On stripping off the existing finishes, we found stonework with a particularly lovely colour to it. We cleaned it thoroughly and used buff lime pointing to compliment it. We used reclaimed pitch pine timbers as lintels over the windows, stripping off the dirt and oiling them to bring out the colour of the grain. We found that the original inglenook had been destroyed, so we built a fresh one out of cob blocks and used a reclaimed oak timber as a lintel. We did the plasterwork in NHL 2 hydraulic lime and put a putty based topcoat on to give a fine finish.

Types of work completed:

  • Cob Repairs
  • Inglenook Construction
  • Internal Pointing
  • Lintel Replacement
  • Sponge-Finished Lime Plaster
  • Stone Cleaning
  • Stone Repairs
  • Restoration of Reclaimed Timbers

Conclusion

We were very pleased with the finished article, as was the client. We were particularly happy with the way the timbers came out and how the inglenook fitted right in as if it had always been there. As well as being much drier, the space is now interesting, warm, and welcoming.

Project Gallery

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