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This beautiful Georgian house, like many during the Victorian era, had all of its sand coloured Bath stone painted over and the owner, Carl, asked us to bring the Bath stone back and return the house to its former glory.
This was a Grade II listed building, so planning permission and a plan for the paint removal was submitted to conservation officers, who granted permission (phew!)
Our works included removing all of the paint from the exterior bath stone ashlar, then repairs and repointing.
It was fascinating seeing the different colour schemes applied to the front of this house through each era. The house was almost 200 years old so had seen plenty of trends and changing fashions, and this was evident when thick brown gooey paint (probably from the Victorians) ran down the front wall! There were greens, beiges and other colours that came off, layer by layer, until we eventually managed to see the sand coloured original Bath stone appearing.
Once we completed the paint removal, we found thousands of little holes filled with filler – these would have been caused by nails which would have been used for ivy that grew at the front of the house. We carefully removed all of the remaining iron which had also been left in the stonework, discovering loose and failed joints in the process. A variety of techniques used throughout different periods in time had caused some of these joints to fail.
Eventually, once all of our work was completed, we cleaned the front of the building and managed to restore this beautiful stonework to its former glory… lets hope fashion never again dictates that we cover up gorgeous stone such as this!
“I could not be happier with the work that D&G Design did on the front of my house. It has a new lease of life and has been restored back to its original style and colour. It’s like a trip back through time!”