- Rendering and plastering:
Please note, we do hot-mixed lime plastering.
As part of the service you will receive a fully masked up interior environment. Windows will be protected, flooring will be triple protected and all woodwork will be covered with military grade cloth tape.
- We do harl coats for cob and other friable and soft surfaces. These are often used to control suction for general rendering.
- We apply scratch coats for plastering and rendering
- We lay on second coats/holding coats/float coats in preparation for skim coats.
Included in our mixes you will fine additions such as chalk, sand, hemp and marble.
- We also work with ready pigmented plasters.
- And polished plaster and clay for greater breathability.
- We can also lime skim over damaged substrates by first applying specialist primers.
- We are adept at rustic finishes such as French plastering and Insulating plaster:
We work with dry bagged and premixed insulating plasters as well as traditional ones of our own design. These increase U-values considerably. We also work with many premixed wet plasters including haired chalk for application on to lath as these are lightweight. Because of their weight they are also suitable for timber framed houses.
In addition to the above we also do brick and stone cleaning as well as blasting work which includes wooden beams
We are adept and knowledgeable concerning sustainable building materials:
This is because the construction and maintenance of dwellings has changed dramatically over the last 20 years. When I first started everything was sand, cement (with a squirt of Fairy Liquid) and thermoset plastic insulation such as Celotex and Kingspan. Not much thought was given to ecological soundness or sustainability where the built environment was concerned. Back in the day it was difficult to even buy a bag of lime.
Now the internet is flooded with online retailers selling all manner of lime products, alternatives to lime and other sustainable materials. Simply put, the reason for this is because people are now more aware that quick and cheap products can often harm their homes.
Take cement for example. At one time hailed as the low cost panacea for all ills it is now seen as a damaging agent which is held in distain by many.
The building techniques and products of the 70s and 80s are now held onto only by those who cannot or will not change with customer demand. It's the same with builders' merchants. Demand for the bog standard staples of the construction industry such as cement, plasterboard, Cellotex, Thistle MultiFinish and building sand remains constant. Try obtaining Rowland Premix, Hemp shiv, insulating plaster or natural hydraulic cement and see how far you get. You'll be lucky if you can find breathable paint.
This will eventually change because the change has already taken place. We're just waiting for the builders and their suppliers to wake up.
Take the manufacture of hemp for example:
British growers have been farming and promoting hemp for plastering, building and flooring for an increasing number of years and those who work with (and specify) for period properties are now leaning further towards this ecologically sustainable product.
Hemp is used instead of sand for internal render mortar because it is renewable and provides a highly efficient degree of thermal insulation.
I have spent years working with lime mortar and usually find myself far too busy to offer any other service besides stone and brick masonry. However, enthusiasm always gets the better of me and I now find myself unable to resist offering the ecological alternative to lime plaster.
After much time researching the best ingredients to go into a hemp shiv lime plaster mix I am pleased to announce that I'm now in a position to offer clients my own personal recipe. It's quicker to dry, more workable not subject to cracking.
Do bear in mind though, that hemp plaster takes a very long time to dry. If you allow a couple of months per coat then you'll be about right.