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Lime Rendering and Bag Rub St Ives

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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 […]

Period Property in St Kew Damp Problems Cured

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 […]

Lime Rendering Technique Called Harling

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.  

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

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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 […]