We waited a week after laying the base screed to apply a natural, pigmented lime finish floor by hand. Lime can be unpredictable by nature and can be affected by ambient temperatures and weather conditions.. in this case, the workforce were back on site at 1am to ensure the perfect finish!
This one of our most recent projects in Helston. The customer had recently purchased this property which was suffering from damp problems due to the walls being covered in cement. Here are some pictures of the internal lime putty plastering and the external lime rendering ‘we also like icing cakes’… After doing such a great […]
One of the biggest factors of damp problems in old houses throughout Cornwall is the continued use of paint on top of the stonework. The paint does not allow the outside surface to breathe. I’m sure that when our Cornish ancestors built our already picturesque properties, they didn’t envisage their handiwork being covered up. So […]
Blisland is a small Cornish village with a population of less than 700. It lies 5 miles north-east of Bodmin. This is a typical postcard village similar to many throughout Cornwall and Devon with many building dating back hundreds of years. The heart of Blisland is the pub – The Blisland Inn. A popular drinking […]
This is a holiday cottage in the town of Helston, Cornwall. Although this is one of our smaller jobs, we nevertheless take pride in producing a first class finish. Please take a look at the images below for the finished results. Helston is perhaps most famous for the ‘Furry’ or Floral Dance held on the […]
Towancott Cottage is thought to be the oldest dwelling in Porthtowan, 8 miles from Truro Cornwall and dates back to the 1600s. This client wanted to rectify the damp problems on the gable end of their holiday cottages. The building is constructed of stone and rendered with sand and cement which means that water gets […]
This is a period house built of cob and stone. As with many properties built of this age, there has been water penetrating the current cement render over a long period. We have carefully removed the external top half of the gable to expose the original cob ready for the dubbing (Harling coat). The living […]
This period property in St Kew Cornwall had damp problems on the ground floor. Many properties of this age would not have had any damp proof membrane installed when originally built. To rectify this, we insulated it with recycled, foamed glass followed by an underfloor heating system and finally, a layer of Limecrete screed. This gives […]
In this short video, Duncan demonstrates ‘Dubbing Out’ using a technique known as Harling. The video shows the first of three coats of lime render going on. This helps the mortar bind to the stone work, which gives the next coat a decent key.