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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. […]

Grade 2 Listed Farmhouse St Buryan

Lime pointing St Buryan Cornwall

We carry out a number of different projects throughout the year and just love the variety. No two properties are the same and each have their own technical requirements. But our team thrive on coming up with solutions to problems. Our brief on this project is to restore a Grade 2 listed farmhouse to its former […]

Lime Plastering In Cornwall

Lime Rendering cornwall

Lime Plastering Cornwall The use of lime as a binding medium for plasters and mortar can be traced back at least 8,000 years, and lime was in common use for building in Cornwall up until the end of the First World War. This near-universal application means that, for any structure prior to 1920 – whether […]

History Of Lime Pointing In Cornwall

Lime Pointing In Helston Cornwall

The familiar pattern of mortar between the brick or stone of buildings is known as pointing. This mortar material is commonly shaped with the point of the builder’s trowel, hence the name for the procedure, though other tools and implements are also used to give a different shape or texture to the mortar joint. In […]

Lime Repointing Helston

We recently carried out the repointing of the ‘Old Farmhouse’ in Helston We are very grateful to the owner for the following testimonial: We contacted Oak Ridge as we have an old granite farmhouse in Helston which was leaking water through the the walls due to the cement pointing coming loose and water getting trapped […]

Lime Rendering A Fourteenth-Century Barn in Helston

Brief This Grade II listed project required Duncan at Oak Ridge Natural Build to carefully work within conservation regulations  in order to lime render the exterior stone work of this traditional barn conversion. Testimonial ‘Over the last few years I have been gutting, re-roofing and renovating a 14th-century  barn down a cobbled alley in the […]

Private Client – Gunwalloe

Brief This project required Duncan at Oak Ridge Natural Build to lime render the exterior stone work of the Farm House. Testimonial ‘We have a 200 year old National Trust farm house that had had problems with water seepage through the old stone walls. We had Oak Ridge Natural Build round to lime render the outside. […]