Kidlington: this property requires repointing and plastering using a number of different types of lime. The inside was damp proofed which, ironically, always leads to damp. One of the walls with a fireplace was repointed in cement. This is being replaced with a rich lime putty mortar. The damp gypsum plaster is being removed and replaced with a high free lime content render and plaster. The base around the outside, which was repointed using cement will be repointed using a hot mixed mortar.
Above: Kingham thatch cottage. After many years of having so many unqualified and unskilled contractors using inappropriate materials, this property it's now suffering from the ravages of time. Under thoughtful and committed new ownership, it's reinstatement back to original condition (with the help of the conservation department) is imminent.
Old Police Station Faringdon. Brickwork renovation using high free lime content NHL.
Mill Street, Oxford. Full rake out and repoint - and possibly limewash.
Stow on the Wold: This Grade 11 listed property is undergoing extensive work, some of which will include internal and external lime repointing.
This very attractive and naturally aged Grade 11 listed property in Bicester is in need of complete external restoration. Almost everything you see is original. Therefore, every effort will be made to replicate exactly the 16th century pointing. We will be using quicklime and a traditional blend of sand and aggregate with horsehair. Whilst on site well will also re-establish a blocked up window.
Buckland cottage: this thatch cottage was repointed using cement mortar. The result of which is that the stone has now become the sacrificial element instead of the mortar. The upshot of this is that the weather is slowly eating the house. Once a like-for-like heritage grade mortar has been re-established the house will begin to operate much more efficiently.
Having already successfully completed extensive renovation work on the north side of this Bledington property we have been invited back to attend to the south facing elevation and also the west facing gable end.