Earthouse Projects – Cob, Stone and Lime

Earthouse Project Management and Site Work – Cob and Lime

Earthouse Building Conservation Ltd has been fortunate enough to be involved in a diverse mixture of projects over the last twelve years and we wanted to share a few of these with you.

Our work takes us to private residential properties, commercial properties and even ecclesiastical buildings. We work closely with insurance companies and the local councils, particularly the Planning and Conservation Officers. If you are not sure where to start with a project we can often point you in the direction of the right person.

We project manage our own sites and we have also worked on sites managed by other contractors, most notably The Walronds. We also work on sites where customers want to manage their own property and we are able to assist them with this.

Cob, Stone and Lime Restoration Projects

Please have a look at some of the properties we have restored. The work was different at all of them , some needed more work than others. Primarily these buildings were cob or stone constructions, rendered in lime.

Lime rendered cottage

Medieval court farm, near Cullompton. Earthouse partially lime rendered this property.

Cob and thatch cottage restoration

Re-rendered Devon longhouse

A typical example of a Devon Long House in Westwood. Earthouse did all external restoration work. On the right of this picture you can see a partially worked portion of lime render, which we completed later.

A lovely property near Broadclyst. Earthouse applied a lime render finish and pointed the stone work, leaving it exposed in contrast to the softer lime work.

Stone and lime render finish

Stone and lime render finish

Completed restoration project

Full renovation and re-rendering of this Devon cottage.

This beautiful chocolate box near Honiton needed a full overhaul. The photos below show the works on the property to take it to the newly rendered condition shown above.

Cotleigh cob restoration

Cob repair to the end of the cottage

Repaired cob and lime render

End of the cottage following the repair and re-render

The photos above show the extent of the repair to the side of this cob cottage. Fully rendered in lime with an exposed stone plinth. This part of the property required extensive cob block and earth mortar repair.

Cob and brick repair

Cob block repair to the other end of the cottage

Repaired and lime rendered

Completed render on the end of the cottage

This shows another angle, also requiring full repair work to the existing cob, brick and stone work. Lime rendered to complete.

Long house conservation - near Honiton

Lime rendered and lime washed Devon farmhouse

This property is near Honiton; we have worked here for periods over the last five years. Earthouse installed limecrete floors throughout and completed all internal and external lime rendering.

Ecclesiastical Restoration Project – Westwood Chapel

Below are some pictures of the restoration work Earthouse did at Westwood Chapel. This involved stripping off the existing plaster work, and reapplying lime plaster and finally lime washing a stunning white.

Westwood Chapel - plaster restoration

Lime plaster applied

After stripping, following plaster and finally after lime washing. Similar work was undertaken around the chapel door.

Lime wash in white

Lime plaster and render around door

For more detailed information about what Earthouse do, please browse our website or have a look at our Blogs page.

The Walronds, Cullompton

External restoration of The Walronds

Earthouse Building Conservation Ltd was the only contractor carrying out cob and lime renovations at The Walronds in Cullompton, on behalf of the main contractor Splitlath Building Conservation Ltd. This was a lengthy project backed by English Heritage in order to restore this Grade 1 listed property in the middle of Cullompton High Street. This property was built in the early 1600’s and is of great historical value to the town, so we were very proud to be asked to assist in its restoration.

The Walronds is now open to the public with various events taking place. For more information please visit the website by clicking here.

Below you can see some before and after photos.

Rear aspect of The Walronds prior to restoration

Rear aspect of The Walronds prior to restoration

Rear aspect view following restoration of The Walronds

Rear aspect view following restoration of The Walronds

This photo shows the rear aspect of The Walronds prior to work commencing and the same view following the restoration work undertaken. Earthouse carried out conservation and restoration activities both internally and externally, before lime rendering the whole of the exterior and a large percentage of the internal areas.

Front aspect of The Walronds prior to restoration

Front aspect of The Walronds prior to restoration

Front aspect of The Walronds following restoration

Front aspect of The Walronds following restoration

This was the front aspect which looks out into the High Street. Little attention was paid to the building by the general public and many people assumed it was being left to fall into decay. It was shielded from public view whilst work was completed, but most agree that the wait was worth it! It was opened to the public in summer 2014.

Some of the damage and neglect to the property prior to its’ restoration can be seen below.

Plant growth damaging the walls of The Walronds

Plant growth damaging the walls of The Walronds

Restoration work to be done!

Scaffolding up ready for restoration work to commence

Damage to external window surround

Damage to external window surround

The photos below show some of the before and after photos; there are hundreds of photos that interested parties have taken throughout the project so people well into the future will be able to appreciate the conservation work that took place to restore this beautiful building to its former glory and more!

Internal restoration at The Walronds

Damage to decorative plaster work

Damage to decorative plaster work

Fully restored decorative plaster ceiling

Fully restored decorative plaster ceiling

Earthouse assisted with the decorative plasterwork and was responsible for restoring this ceiling.

Lime restoration at The Walronds

Lime restoration at The Walronds

A restored and newly furnished part of the suite of rooms upstairs. Earthouse worked on the lime plasterwork, restoring the laths where required and lime rendering the plaster.

Window place restoration - The Walronds

Window place restoration – The Walronds

Restored window place - The Walronds

Restored window place – The Walronds

The Walronds has some beautiful old windows, some original. However, the window surrounds were in need of a lot of work. These are some of the finished windows.

Bedroom - Before restoration - The Walronds

Bedroom – Before restoration – The Walronds

The Nun's Room after restoration

The Nun’s Room after restoration

The room above is a bedroom known as The Nuns’ Room. The first picture is prior to restoration. The walls and floor were restored along with the window surround. The walls have been lime rendered to create a soft textured finish.

Fully restored bedroom at The Walronds

Fully restored bedroom at The Walronds

Bedroom restoration - The Walronds

Bedroom restoration – The Walronds

Bedroom restoration

Bedroom restoration

Examples of the restored bedrooms.

Ongoing restoration work - The Walronds

Ongoing restoration work – The Walronds

Restored stairwell - The Walronds

Restored stairwell – The Walronds

The stairwell was fully stripped and restored. The first phot shows the work part way through, with first coats of lime plasterwork applied and new carpentry in place. The second photo shows the end result.

It is great to see that The Walronds is now being used for community and private events regularly. Recently local companies such as The Bakehouse and Pickle Shack have advertised events there, amongst others.