Had a lovely visitor today ☀️🌞
Getting a little obsessed with our details 😍. We finished rendering the store yesterday and wooden floated and sponged today to open the surface and show off the aggregate. Couple of days of cold weather have us a little on tender hooks hoping that it's doesn't freeze.... maybe the internal heater will help and the Hessian jacket will work ;) #selfbuild#selfbuilder#selfbuilding#limerender#winterworking#usinglime#barnreno#diy
Taking full advantage of the warmer weather to finish the top coat of render on the store. Needs to be wooden floated tomorrow and then tucked up over the weekend to be protected against the frost that is forecast.
And a wee sneak preview of the detailing on the gable we are extremely please with. So worth taking the extra time! #selfbuilding#selfbuild#limerender#barnreno#barnconversion#limemortar
A lime plinth that we’ve installed 7-8 yrs ago, with both modern and traditional tar damp courses. Good to see the salt related deterioration has been contained below dpc. Exactly as we’d planned and not breaching the dpc has reduced maintenance considerably. 👌
Traditional Rajasthani Lime Plastering - Thappi, Lohi & Araish taught by master masons from Rajasthan in Thannal Campus Tiruvannamalai. Thappi is a wooden tool used for beating Lime Plaster, after which the plaster is known for. Araish is a mirror like smooth Lime Plaster, which has beautified the walls of havelis of Rajasthan. The beating of plaster makes it compact and water proof. Every year we revive this traditional plaster in our campus, where artisans teach. This year workshop is on 17-19 January, 2020. Read more in the link in bio.
Video by: @ricky_third_eye
This beautiful property in Lostwithiel has been painted with our Beeckosil mineral paint system.
Following the removal of the cement-based applications, the team introduced a 3-coat lime render and lime pointing applications to all elevations and chimney. This property was renovated by Leslie Cornell Building Restoration Ltd @cornellcob who kindly provided this image - you can read more about their project here: http://ow.ly/nMot50uv6Bk
A village house with a lovely stone faced entrance. And don’t some well placed plants make all the difference? 🌴🌸
5 1353 December, 2019
The blasted pebble dash is nearly gone 🤗...only a small bit left here on the front and then one gable end. .
I’ve said it before how much I love the stonework we’ve uncovered underneath, but after much research and consulting with a conservation and stonework specialist unfortunately we can’t leave it uncovered. .
We were lucky in that the house for its age is in great condition and the walls are bone dry. If we left the stone uncovered we risk compromising that. .
Stone is naturally porous so will take in water, and there are some large joints in the stonework where we would have major heat loss. We would also have to go heavy on the insulation on the inside which would make the rooms smaller. Given that we are installing a heat pump and trying to make the building more airtight this wouldn’t make any sense. .
It’s beautiful to look at, but it was never meant to be exposed. The brick work around the windows and doors may look decorative, but actually bricks were used because they were easier to work and create cleaner edges around openings than stone and rubble. .
Breathable lime render will be applied to the outside as it would have been traditionally. There have been major crimes committed on these buildings over the years with the use of wrong materials etc. Materials should always be as natural and as breathable as possible. .
There is a misconception that old houses are damp and hard to heat. This is only the case when we try and make them into something they are not. They are old buildings and so traditional materials are ALWAYS best. Stay away from concrete and stay away from the likes of kingspan. .
We have started sealing up the outside with lime render. Lime has been used in mortars for over 2000 years & it's pretty amazing stuff. Buildings, like us, essentially need to breathe, not only does lime mortar reduce the risk of water ingress, vapour permeability allows any moisture to evaporate, reducing the risk of frost freeze deterioration. A high lime mortar can act as a 'wick', to allow water vapour to pass out from the building enabling the structure to effectively 'breathe'. Lime mortars are flexible in situations where structural movement takes place, so if you experience earth quakes at all it can better accommodate movement reducing cracking, annnd if any cracks do happen to appear, lime has you covered, it's also autogenous (self healing)!! It's a bit more costly then cement mortar but for us the benefits to the environment & the health of our home far out weigh the little extra cost. 🍋We got a lot of love for lime!