Overview

Helensburgh

After buying their Victorian home in 2020 and having difficulty finding a suitable contractor, our client approached Stratum Masonry to help with the careful restoration of the front and rear elevations to this wonderful home.

Why They Came To Us

Our client wanted a family business

Our client wanted a family business and after finding us online they felt comfortable knowing Stratum Masonry would have the properties best interests at heart with particular attention paid to the correct materials and practices being used for this project.

From initial visit, Stratum Masonry carefully identified all defective items of stonework on the property and brought them to our client’s attention.

Our Process

Stratum Masonry carefully carried out the restoration

Our client was also planning on carrying out maintenance works to their high level rainwater goods and joinery works and it was important that we could collaborate these works, utilising the scaffold access that would be required for the stonework.

Stratum Masonry carefully carried out the restoration of the home which included all failed pointing mortars removed and replaced with a well gauged lime mortar mix. Stone replacement works were also carried out to the front elevation, where fractures had occurred on some of the historic items caused by corrosive fixings.

Our Process

The historic fabric had suffered some algal growth of the years

The historic fabric had suffered some algal growth of the years due to the location of the home. The front elevation was carefully cleaned in a sympathetic manner which ensured all historic fabric was kept in tact and the build up of dirt was safely removed.

As part of the works, Stratum masonry also carefully removed the cement render located on one of the gable wall chimneys, the cement render had fractured in various places over the years due to it’s poor breathability and improper use. All cement render was carefully removed and a lime-based render system applied, with our in house stone restorers keying the chimney to look like ashlar stonework.

The Challenges

The project threw up a few challenges

The project threw up a few challenges for our team which we overcame, the first being fractured pointing to the rear elevation at high level which was noted once scaffolds were erected. We brought this to our clients attention and it was agreed that all pointing to this area would be carefully raked out and repointed in a lime mortar mix, utilising the access provisions that were in place.

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