We were asked to provide a quotation for the removal of cement render, and replace with lime. When the cement render was removed, we found that almost all the oak beams in the two gable end walls were rotten, having lived with the moisture trapped by the cement render for far too long. We carefully removed the brick panels above ground floor level and, having taken away the non-viable beams, proceeded to install new ones, utilising traditional mortice and tenon dowelled joints. We managed to save the original wood fired bricks from which the brick panels were built, and re-used them by laying in lime mortar to restore this lovely old house to its former glory.
The rear gable had suffered more than the front. The rotted beam had allowed the bedroom floor joists to sink into it, with the result that the ceiling in the room below was roughly 11 inches lower at one end, propped up with a vertical beam situated in the middle of the room supporting a cross beam under the ceiling joists.
The ceiling/bedroom floor were removed completely, as was the tapered false floor which had been installed in the bedroom to level the floor. New 5" x 4" joists were laid onto the newly installed 6" x 6" oak beam, and the bedroom floor was re-laid using the original boards, supplements by reclaimed wide oak boards.
RJM Heritage Limited
4 High Street
Company No. 08707541