Welcome to this new blog which I hope will raise awareness of the pitfalls and dangers associated with repairing historic buildings and structures.
I also hope that it raises the general appreciation of quality craftsmanship, and traditional materials, which unfortunately is falling short so often in today’s society.
This blog will hopefully give a flavour of the good, the bad and the ugly with the aim of assisting those who are wanting to do the right thing, be it a craftsperson, contractor, home-owner or any one else involved in the care & repair of historic buildings and structures.
Contributions are invited from anyone with prime examples of good and bad work. Questions or concerns regarding building conservation projects are also welcome.
A C17th traditional thatched cottage with various unsympathetic alterations and repairs. New doorway and window inserted previously, roughcast render applied to cover up decayed timber frame structure underneath and flint plinth repointed in cement below.
Roughcast render laid onto laths covering the timber frame structure showing signs of failure alongside unsympathetic peppledash render repairs carried out in cement mortars.
Cement renders laid on wire mesh to cover-up decayed timber frame encouraging further decay.
Unsympathetic cement peppledash render and repointing to flint & brick qoins.
Exposed timber frame showing signs of structural decay and a previous DIY attempt at a restraining strap.
Sympathetic repairs on a like-for-like basis replacing rotten oak timbers where required.
Lath and plaster panel replaced using oak laths and haired lime mortar.
Wattle and daub panels replaced using oak staves woven with hazel covered in a clay/chalk/straw daub.
Brick plinth replaced using matching handmade bricks laid in lime mortar.
Removal of cement pointing to flintwork and replacement with lime mortar