Lime plaster & cornice repair work to a renovation project in wintry North Yorkshire

It's not the best time of year for us to be battling our way from Northallerton over into the deepest darkest Yorkshire Dales, but for this Grade II listed Farmhouse that is undergoing a complete renovation we have braved snow, ice and minus 10 degrees. Our part in the project is well underway, despite some extremely cold days - it's a good job our craftsman are a hardy lot and ready for a challenge.

Since we started in January, 3 coat lime haired plaster has been applied onto masonry, lath and plaster ceilings are being repaired, and from two small sections of salvaged original cornice we have made running moulds that we have used to manufacture new lengths of cornice that is being reinstated to various rooms, either by being run in situ or bench-run here in the workshop.

The owner has been working closely with a conservation officer to ensure that all methods and materials used within the renovation are sympathetic with the period of when the house was built, in this case the 19th century. Our work over the years with organisations like English Heritage and the National Trust has given us a wealth of knowledge and experience so we are adept at carrying out authentic restorations of original work. Watch this space to see how this interesting project continues over the coming weeks...


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