Property of the week – lime work.
Introducing our Property of the week!! The owners of this L18c Grade II listed Cottage near Darlington had their work cut out when they bought this property in 2015. Clearly too much of bargain to refuse it was stated on the estate agents details as needing renovation and the 'can of worms' was duly opened when work started on the house. The old roughcast cement render finished with masonry paint wasn't allowing the building to breath and the interior was damp. Our first task was to make repairs to a large ceiling crack and patch the lime plastered walls plus window heads. This work consisted of removing plaster back to a sound surface and applying 2 coat lime haired plaster with a final skim finish using putty lime and silica sand.
Then, as we were nudging into Summer and when the client had removed the old unbreathable cement render, after we had 'dubbed-out' to make the masonry finish even we set to applying 3 coats of Lime Render including a final roughcast harl coat. Each coat was applied a week or so apart to allow drying time and then the 'Dream Team' (see pic) arrived to burnish on a first coat of unpigmented Lime Wash. 4 coats and 2 weeks later the cottage was cloaked in it's new permeable, breathable render finished with a lush soft cream lime wash, Quaker, a colour from Womersley's range of Finest Buxton Lime Wash in Historic Colours. This paint will remain attractive as it gradually ages, has a long lasting robust finish and contains no toxic compounds or solvents.
For the time being our work here is done, but the project continues for the owners with much to complete in the interior. When we visited for the first coat of lime wash the extension to the rear of the cottage which will house the new kitchen was almost complete and looking great. Overlooking a long very private back garden it made a great addition to this character cottage. We wish the owners all the very best with many happy years residing in this picture postcard cottage.