As the work progressed there were other areas of restoration and work processes that made the project successful.
The ground floor masonry walls were affected by rising (salt) damp due to the lack of a damp proof course. The process of rectification was to remove the existing plaster above the level of the damp wall and injection of the lower sections of the wall with a chemical, providing the required damp proof course. These walls will be re-plastered with a similar render of lime/cement and sand to match the original plaster mix.
The existing brick chimney over the years has been weathered and the brick joints have eroded. Also there were a number of bricks that had also become loose. Reconstruction included relaying of loose bricks and re-mortaring of the remainder of the chimney with a lime rich mortar to match the original.
The site required scaffolding which was erected to the top of the second storey. Safety protection was required as it was close to the power lines. During the construction power was redirected in the street by SA Power Networks in order to create a safe environment. And as our clients occupied the house during the renovations, the storage of materials and plant needed to be carefully managed.
During the painting stage an inspection was carried out at the second level. It was noted that years of neglect in the maintenance of woodwork had caused the window frames to deteriorate. In accordance with heritage guidelines and best practice woodwork was repaired to match the existing profiles and then repainted.
After the work to the second storey the scaffold was been removed. This is the first view which shows the renovated house. The newly replaced slate roof, repaired and repainted walls, woodwork and restored, repointed stonework show what a carefully detailed and built project can achieve.