Exeter Townhouse – Decorative plaster work

Examples of decorative plaster work

Replacement of lathe and plaster work

Last year we worked with a customer who needed some work done in their kitchen. This was a really interesting project which allowed us to use a variety of decorative plaster work.

Exposed lathes - kitchen

Exposed lathes in the kitchen after removal ogf plaster

New lathe work - kitchen

New replacement lathes in the kitchen

These photos show the exposed lathes with the render removed. The second picture shows the restored lathes ready for lime render to be applied.

Renewal of decorative ceiling plaster work

Damaged ceiling

Plaster and lathe damage in the kitchen ceiling

New plaster work - kitchen

New plasterwork to the kitchen ceiling

Decorative plaster work - ceiling

Decorative plasterwork in place in the kitchen

The three photos above show the restoration of a chunk of decorative ceiling plaster. The second photo shows the restored plaster work; this intricate work was done by hand in order for it to match the rest of the plaster work. At Earthouse we try to only do what really needs doing and to keep the original features of a property wherever possible.

Decorative plaster rose - ceiling

Decorative plaster rose in the ceiling

The central plaster rose is a lovely feature of the house which we wanted to preserve. The previous paint work had hidden a lot of the more intricate details so we uncovered this.

Venetian plastering

Venetian plastering stage 1

Stage 1 of Venetian plastering for the splash back in the kitchen area

Venetian plastering - kitchen splash back

Venetian plastered kitchen splash back

We were very lucky to have a customer who was willing to try something a bit different. The above photos show Venetian plastering being used as a splash back in the kitchen area. The polished plaster surface means that it is very versatile and can be used to add colour and texture even in kitchen areas.

The finished kitchen in the Exeter town house

Completed kitchen in the Exeter town house

The feedback from our customer was very positive, please see their testimonial below:

“The walls and ceiling of the kitchen in our listed town house were in a really bad way and we were relieved when Sean was recommended to us. His mastery of traditional techniques and materials is second to none! He carefully restored part of the ceiling which had collapsed, building up layers to recreate the original pattern of the plaster work by hand. A ceiling rose was also meticulously stripped of old paint to reveal the delicate detailing. The walls came in for similar treatment – rotten lathes and plaster work were replaced where necessary and the existing lime plaster was repaired where it could be. Sean came  up with a brilliant alternative to a tiled splash back, labouring over a panel of Venetian plaster until he had achieved a perfect finish. He also advised us on suitable paints to decorate the room, which is now the centre piece of our home. Sean and his team completed the project over a number of months and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them. Thank you, Sean.” 
Sharon and Richard Lawrence, Exeter

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.