lime plastering

Services

Sprayed Lime Rendering
Spray Lime Plastering
Brickwork Repair
Building Restoration
Cob Repairs
Flintwork Panels
Lime Plasterwork
Insulated Lime Plaster
Lime Rendering
Plasterwork Repair
Lime Pointing
Limecrete Flooring
Timberwork
Stonework Repair

 

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About Lime Restoration

Edward Scutt has been working with cob and pure limes, internally and externally since 1999 when he purchased a badly neglected cob cottage. It had a partial roof, extensive rot, cement render and dry lining trapping moisture in the walls and destroying the original lime plaster. This made the walls excessively damp and susceptible to collapse.

He does not favour using the dry bagged ready mixed 'traditional' NHL lime products used by so many plasterers and general builders for their convenient 'just add water and apply to set hard' - preferring to personally mix the purer fat lime putties and porous crushed stone to reproduce the traditional more effective plasters and renders historically used to build and finish most older buildings. The resulting air dried work is softer and more permeable and regulates moisture better inside and out and takes the building back to how it was when built and dry the walls out. This work and care does take longer (and this approach is favoured by conservation experts) but who wants quick cover ups on their properties? If you have a listed property you are bound by certain restrictions including any change in apperance and this includes plaster surfaces - Read more about the do's and don'ts in the Why section

The importance of using the right porous materials (and not impervious sand) and techniques to work with your traditional materials are discussed in the 'Why' lime section. Sand was not traditionally used yet is found in readymixed Hydraulic lime products and will hinder not aid moisture out of the walls.

To further his understanding and skills Edward attended Master Craftsmen classes at West Dean college in use of Lime in restoration work. It was on one of the courses that a course lecturer suggested he looked into the use of sprayers to simulate harling material up onto walls and whilst easier and more efficient it can also be used accurately to preserve features lost by hand troweling - see the inside and outside case studies sections for how this could offer a unique repair solution for your period property. It also provides a better mechanical key for building up the layers.

Works carried out professionally for local clients around Salisbury and Wiltshire and Hampshire since have been: porous lime plastering, lime rendering, spalling stone and brick repair, cob repair, Flint / brick and stone pointing (traditional lime mortar with gritstone), wall capping repairs, and stonework repair.

=Edward will always be on site carrying out the works so you can be rest assured every aspect is assesed as the project progresses and the appropriate repairs are always undertaken. As he is not VAT registered, and doesn't have the large overheads of running a building firm, you will only be paying for his time and knowledge.

Hands on tuition can also be offered to home owners should they wish to get a better understanding of looking after old buildings themselves for smaller repairs. I am setting up hands on training courses - please enquire for dates and types.

Case studies of lime pointing, porous lime plaster work and lime render work can be found within 'Inside' and 'Outside' section buttons above.