What a pleasure to work on this classic Victorian house. The 22 sash windows were in need of refurbishment, numerous bath stone repairs, timber repairs and cast iron rainwater goods refurbished.
The restoration of the timber orangery was by far the biggest part of the project with 27 rotten windows removed, 57 repairs and 198 pains of glass refitted.
The new addition of bilfold doors and custom made verander creates a complimentary link to the outside space.
This 1870,s gable end was severely rotten and in desperate need of renovation. The left hand side bargeboard was an enormous 16 foot long and 12 x 2 inches in width and thickness.
The Victorians didnt do things by halves !
As timber is now cut in metric sizes, this length was ordered specially to match the original. Although the dental work was not original it had been there for at least 30 years and so was deemed important to duplicate. The new dental was made by hand in a single, solid and continuous length which will resist weathering for longer.
The corroded cast iron gutting was stripped back to the bare and corrosion free metal so that a zinc rich coating could be applied. It is an easier option to change corroded guttering for a plastic alternative but you can not beat the durablity, clean lines and profile of the restored original cast iron gutter system.
What a transformation ! My role on this project was to clean centuries of dirt and grime from the stonework using air abrasion. The masons made a fantastic job of re-working some of the arched openings and repointing with lime mortar.
These 300 year old pitch pine beams were covered in a thick varnish which penetrates in-between the grain.
A very soft media was used for this abrasive clean which is propelled at the beams from a helix. The helical action softens the impact, combined with a low pressure setting to prevent loss of material.
This project was a labour of love. My client could see the potential in this carriage and commissioned a full restoration to give it a new life. As it was concreted into the floor and too remote to be collected by haulage, the entire structure had to be dismantled and re-assembled. The finishing touches like vents, grills, handles and numbering are still to come.