Restoring and repairing brickwork following removal of pebbledash
Brick is a beautiful long lasting building material that not only stands the test of time, but improves and mellows with age. However, it is not uncommon to see brick built period properties that have been subsequently rendered, painted or recoated. Sometimes the secondary covering has been added to hide damage to the building’s structure, for example cracks due to wartime bombs, or subsidence.
Pebbledash coating on listed brick built house
Nowadays, many homeowners feel this finish detracts from their home’s aesthetic integrity and they are keen to remove it. Whilst there are many companies who specialise in the removal of render or pebbledash what can be overlooked is the damage that the removal process can potentially cause to the face of the original brickwork.
Pebbledash removed and bricks repaired and repointed
At this house in Whitstable the homeowners were keen to remove the unsightly exterior coating on the front elevation and return the building to its original brickwork finish. This task was successfully undertaken by Steve Milward, a specialist in traditional plastering. However, once the painted pebbledash had been removed it became apparent that the original brickwork had surface scarring and the gauged brick arches above the sash windows were beyond repair. Lambs, the Faversham based brickmakers, were asked to create five new arches and they recommended the homeowner contact Georgian Brickwork to install the arches and advise on the re-pointing and brickwork repairs to improve the look of the house.
The work carried out included the installation of four newly cut gauged flat window arches and one semi circle gauged arch over the door. The team carried out brick tinting and replacement of individual bricks where they were damaged beyond repair, and also made repairs to the dental course running below the coping stones. Finally they raked out and re-pointed the front of the house using lime mortar to match the existing original mix.
Window and door arches damaged beyond repair
Newly installed window and door arch
At the end of the job Dave Clarke and Nicky Sydenham had this to say about the work carried out by Georgian Brickwork;
“We were extremely excited to get the scaffold removed, and to say we were ecstatic with the result would be an understatement! Charlie and Tim were incredibly professional and a joy to work with, and this transformation has given us back a house to be proud of.”
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