Lime mortar repointing - Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire.

  • Interior and exterior Cotswold stone repointing
  • Houses/Cottages/Converted barns
  • Fireplaces and hearths
  • Grade One and Two listed buildings

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For clients who require hand craftsmanship, attention to detail and a top quality service. Please call for a full written quotation.

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I have been working on period properties for many years - please feel free to view some of the work I have done.

Gallery:

Converted barn in Thornborough before.

After

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After

Pury End, Northamptonshire.

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After

As you can see from  the photograph below, the apex was a bit messy and needed substantial repair. Unfortunately contractors who didn't understand how listed buildings should be maintained were commissioned and this crumbly stonework was the upshot.

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Witney cottage

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During

After

Before

After. Getting rid of thing such as satellite dishes, and TV aerials can make a big difference. 

Before

After: Re-routing external wiring makes the stonework look much cleaner.

Before. The moment I began to work on these corner pieces they began to disintegrate. You can see the tell-tale cracks in the cement mortar which resulted from thermal expansion and ground movement.

After

Below: much of this cottage had been built with hand dressed Bath stone and it had deteriorated badly because it had was repointed with cement mortar. In addition to this, many of the quoins had been savagely eroded by weathering.

After. Now that the work is completed the property will be much warmer in winter. In addition to this it has had value added to it.

Re-routing pipes and hiding the mains electricity cable in addition  to re-siting gas and electricity meters makes for a much tidier finish.

Before: All of these quoins were damaged and so needed either replacing or repairing

After

Before: a wall had been built into the side  of the house and this is what it looked like when it was removed.

During:

After

Below: a close-up section of dressed stone repointed with NHL

Cassington cottage before

After

To see a video of this project 

Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, Grade Two Listed thatched cottage refurbishment: This property was in need of new Hornton stone in addition to re-pointing with natural hydraulic lime mortar.



A number of pieces of stone on above property were repaired using organic pigments added to a specialist filler



Beckley (grade two listed) cottage repointing project before work started:


Beckley, Oxfordshire, after: The existing mortar was raked out and replaced with natural hydraulic lime repointing.


Kingham cottage, Oxfordshire, before. A garage/outbuilding had been removed from the front elevation of this property.


Some careful refurbishment was needed and now stone replacement and repointing form part of the natural organic makeup of the house.

The following year


To see a video of the above work, go to:


Wolvercote cottage, Oxfordshire. This cottage was  covered in waterproof cement render which I removed before applying permeable lime mortar.




Kingham cottage before




After




Champhered cill replacement. Grade two listed building, Old Headington




I class this type of work as like-for-like repair.




I work in line with the Conservation Department's strict criteria for contractors. When repointing large areas on listed buildings, I am required to provide an example square metre which is examined before work on the property can go ahead. However, where like for like repairs are concerned there is no need for consent.


The Conservation Department requires that only lime mortars are used in listed properties. Although it is common practice for many contractors to add cement to their lime mortar mixes there is no evidence - to my knowledge - which suggests this is of any benefit. There is however, evidence that it may contribute to failure of the bond as it pollutes the mix. Below are photos of work which I have completed and there is also much information concerning the user of lime mortar. If cement is used then both client and contractor can be liable for prosecution.

www.buildingconservation.com/articles/cement/cement.htm

Repointing project in Witney 
 
After. The front, rear and part of the side elevation were all repointed with lime mortar.



Below: This converted barn in Buckland, Oxfordshire, had suffered as result of poor tradesmen's workmanship and I was commissioned to renovate many aspects of it.This included stone replacement, repair and repointing.

After. Much new lime mortar and new stone were used

Project in Fyfield.

Before. This thatched cottage in south west Oxfordshire needed repointing with lime mortar.


After 1

After 2

Below: The house the following summer. The lime mortar repointing has hardened up over the year and will continue to build up its strength.


Interior stonework:

Project in Kidlington after repointing

Project in Witney, before.



After. The stairwell of this Witney cottage new benefits from stonework in keeping with the character of the house.




Dining room wall at Pury End, Northamptonshire

Before: cement mortar, cracks, broken stone.

 


After - natural hydraulic lime curing.

As warmer air rises it means that mortar at the top of a wall will dry out earlier than that which is applied to the base. Couple to this the fact that gravity draws moisture downwards and you'll begin to see why it always takes longer for mortar applied lower down to cure.

After - drying out

Bladon


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Sometimes on smaller jobs it's easier and more convenient to mix mortar in the workshop and transport it to site. Less mess and noise for the customer.

My blog:

http://mike-teacherlife.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/cement-mortar-vs-lime-mortar.html


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