Fireplace restoration in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.
For many people who live in older properties, the fireplace is the heart of the room.
However, after hundreds of years of heavy use, the stonework can look tired and the hearth filthy and worn out.
Nevertheless, with the use of specialist cleaning products, hard work and experience, these delightful period features can be brought back to life.
I specialise in restoring old fireplaces - specially ones which are Grade One and Two listed.
I use a blaster which can handle a number of gentle media to help me to achieve new look fireplaces.
As work progresses on this Grade Two listed fireplace in Beckley it is already benefitting from the application of specialist cleaning products and hard work. As you can see, much of the soot staining and old mortar has been removed.
Sometimes badly deteriorated parts of ancient fireplaces have to be built up using fillers as too much of the original fabric would be lost if the stone was removed.
After: it's labour intensive but it's a clear transformation
Before: grade two listed fireplace near Bicester, Oxfordshire.
Before: Percy Street, Oxford.
A fine mix of lime putty and sand create this appealing effect.
Below: after a linseed oil treatment
Before: a close up shot of the above brickwork before it was raked out and repointed.
After: A close up shot of the above brickwork after refurbishment.
Below: before refurbishment. All of the blackened bricks needed to be replaced
Below: before blasting.
Below: After blasting and refurbishment
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