Author Archives: Duncan Ridge

Cob Restoration and Lime Rendering

Here is our latest project.. A period cottage predominantly built from cob. It was in need of serious attention. The old cement render had to be removed enabling the property to breath. As you can see we came across a few problems with the cob structure cracking. Our solution to this was to run steels […]

Grade 2 Listed Period Restoration St Buryan

Period restoration cornwall

This is one of our longer term projects The client is keen to restore this property to its former glory. These pictures are just the start. First we have to carefully remove the old rotten timbers and walls. Ready for the next phase. In this case we are working on a Grade 2 Listed Farmhouse […]

Restoration of Hayle Railway Bridge

Scheduled Ancient Monument Hayle

We were approached by Hayle Town Council to repair, restore and repoint with lime the oldest standard gauge bridge in Cornwall. Under guidance and the careful eye of English Heritage, we have been tasked with this restoration.   From our point of view it is a privilege to be given this task which has significant importance […]

Lime Pointing Helston

Local builders in Helston Cornwall

This property belongs to a client of ours in Helston Cornwall. They have had serious damp problems due to the walls and pointing consisting of cement. Which means that the moisture cannot escape. So the owner has retained us as Local Builders in Cornwall to remove the cement pointing and replace it with lime, because […]

Limecrete Floor St Buryan Cornwall

Fitting Limcrete Flooring St. Buryan Cornwall

Grade 2 Listed Farmhouse St Buryan. The original floors had serious damp problems throughout. So we decided to think outside the box on this one. Conventional concrete floors do not perform well in traditional buildings, due to the fact that the building is constructed with breathable materials eg granite and lime. So we decided to lay […]

Traditional Builders In Cornwall

Traditional Builder Cornwall Duncan Ridge

We are about to be featured in the Cornwall magazine Cornwall Living The editorial for the article is below…. The Cornish landscape is instantly recognisable by the beautiful traditional building materials and methods used. The pale grey of Delabole slate, blocks of hewn granite, thick stone walls, and whitewashed lime render are all characteristic of […]

Traditional Building In Cornwall

Traditional building Methods Cornwall

The characterful impact of the Cornish countryside, sometimes hard and austere, often soft, mellow and colourful, can be observed and enjoyed right across the natural landscape of the Cornish Peninsula. However, this innate charm and incomparable beauty is not confined to the region’s topography alone, it is reflected in its ancient buildings too. In fact, […]

Ruan Minor Lime Rendered Chimney Stack

We were contacted by the client because they had problems with water penetration through the chimney stacks. The pointing and chimney pots had cracked and degraded over the years. So we LIME RENDERED both chimneys and replaced the chimney pots. We were asked to LIME POINT the house too. More pictures to follow

Lime Bag Finish In Cornwall

Lime bag rub The west country

Homeowners are increasingly conscious of the need to tackle the restoration of traditional buildings with sensitivity, an appreciation of the techniques and natural materials involved, and a commitment to maintaining the character of the local landscape. However, the salvaging of a failing structure often demands a carefully nuanced approach – as the following example demonstrates. […]