One of the challenges with restorations is sourcing suitable, sustainable and comparable materials. The industry changes relatively fast as demand and manufacturing for materials change. The existing 180 year old handmade Cheshire brick have been painstakingly restored, all individual blown brick removed and replaced with comparable brick which is not quite as easy as it sounds. All the mortar joints have been raked out and re-pointed in the traditional method of hydraulic lime mortar, absolutely no cement was used.
The existing oak purlins and King Post Trusses were carefully taken down, lightly sandblasted and treated then placed back exactly where they were sited in the original building.
Over the years, the original (probably slate) roof must have fell into disrepair and subsequently replaced with a modern corrugated material. This has been stripped away and original , genuine reclaimed Welsh slate has been reinstated.
The distinctive Oak Truss on the external gable elevation was beyond repair, so a new oak truss was cut and made on site, using the traditional mortice and tenon joint method.
The distinctive heads above the ground floor windows were handmade, using Lambs Red Rubber bricks, imported from Kent , enabling our stonemasons to make these fantastic gauged flat arched heads with 2mm joints.
All sills to both windows and doors are made from Cove red sandstone from the Cove quarry in Dumfries and Galloway, manufactured by Mather and Ellis Stonemasons. All the external fenestration, doors and frames have been handmade using hardwood timber and painted in Farrow and Ball New White (can’t go wrong with F&B is what I was told some time ago) external eggshell to give a fantastic compliment to the surrounding brick. This is all double glazed.