Our historic buildings are entrusted to generation upon generation to preserve our heritage. We have a duty of care to ensure that whatever repair or conservasion strategy does not impact on that duty.
This masonary building was plastered in Lime Harl and finished with 5 coats of Lime Wash, allowing the sandstone to "breathe".
Masonary and lime mortar have been shown by their durabilty to work well together for thousands of years.
Hand trowelled harl has a softness and irregularity that leaves a natural finish.
Conservation roof lights are an added feature and are essential when complying with Historic Scotland criteria.
On the exterior the windows look exactly as they would have originally, but improvements have been made to their performance. Conservation needn't mean compromising on quality.
Errosion is a natural occurance in this soft pourous sandstone. Recent repairs employing modern materials and concepts have been disastrous often resulting in rapid and irreversible loss and decay of the fabric of the building.
Inserting new sandstones needn't be obvious. Once all the lime pointing has been completed the stones should blend in.
Window shutters, high skirtings, sash and case astragal windows our craftsmanship shows in the detail.
Reclaimed fireplaces with caithness slate hearths are a real centre piece in any room.