Specialist property restoration in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.


With many years experience of dealing with ancient and historic buildings, which include houses and cottages as well as converted barns, my intention now is to provide unrivalled quality where the delivery of craftsmanship to discerning clients who wish to lavish the best on their period homes is concerned.

 
My focus is on exclusively built properties in prime locations where I can provide top quality to people who are looking for superior workmanship. My customers have usually concluded that to a good job undertaken sympathetically takes time and are unwilling to settle for anything other than the absolute best.  



Alongside architectural design and beautifully crafted country gardens, the stone and mortar-work of a period property provides the first impression. For beautifully textured natural stone to retain its lasting appearance it needs a quality natural mortar to keep nature at bay. 

I specialise in the restoration of high-end stone and antique brick properties

To see how I get the best results go to:




Choosing someone who fails to understand older properties can have disastrous results.

Natural hydraulic lime mortar – not cement – is what is needed on a historic building. It will resist water penetration whilst remaining porous and flexible. It will also wick away moisture from a building ensuring the building remains weatherproof and dry.

In direct contrast, cement is neither flexible nor porous and traps moisture in a wall. The result of imprisoned moisture is rising damp and rotten stone.

In the case of repointing, newly mortared joints need to be brush finished and not trowel finished. This technique makes the grains uniform and creates a protective coat which weatherproofs the mortar until completely hard which takes about a year.

A top-end result cannot be achieved without the appropriate tools. I have many of these specially made and my array includes hand-cast axes with which to dress stone in addition to specifically adapted trowels which facilitate work on non-standard joints.



If you wish to give your property the finest treatment in order to keep it optimally maintained then please call for a free no obligation written quotation.



Whilst I work for you, you will have the benefit of my knowledge of period properties which earned me a college lectureship in the further education sector.




A little about me:
I originate from the north of England and am an out-door man. I'm most happy in isolated rural environments where craggy fell-sides drop down to rivers and streams which meander along glacial valley floors. I was schooled in the county of North Riding and have a degree from the  University of Reading.  I have applied my scientific background to the study and understanding of the mechanics of traditional building and restoration techniques and now specialist in listed buildings . 

I am trained to a high standard and have been regularly asked to tender for work by the National Trust and also building companies who only employ quality tradesmen to work on their restoration projects. Nevertheless, my preference is for privately owned stone or antique brick properties to which I can employ my skills as a master craftsman working sympathetically to a high standard in the company of my faithful Jack Russell, Doris.

I'm a straight talking and direct Yorkshireman from whom you can expect honesty and integrity.  
 

          

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