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.

Pinterest – amazing pics that we love!

Amazing inspiration on Pinterest!

We have recently discovered Pinterest – and we love it! There are so many inspirational ideas on there from all over the world. We have pinned some amazing images that are relevant to us.

What we like:

  • Cob: cob houses, cob ovens, cob huts
  • Lime: lime render, lime plaster, lime wash, different colour lime
  • Plasterwork: decorative plaster work, Venetian plastering
  • Tadelakt: we just love this stuff! Amazing images of Tadelakt rooms, bathrooms, pools – beautiful!
  • Lots of inspirational images!

If you see something on Pinterest that you think we could help you achieve in your property, please share it with us.

In the meantime, have a look at our pinboards here

Pin our photos!

If you like any of our photos, you can Pin them by hovering over the image and clicking on the red PinIt! button.

Just the formal bit: Pinterest is not formally associated with Earthouse as a brand and in no way sponsors anything we do!

We haven’t used any of the images from Pinterest on our webpage, but here are some of our examples showing creative cob, lime and plasterwork.

Photographs below belong to Rowan Pettitt.

Blue lime wash in Jodhpur   Blue limewash, Jodhpur

Brilliant blue limewash in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Cob and thatch huts Cob and thatch huts, Rajasthan

Cob living and working hits in Rajasthani desert. Amazing carpets are spun here!

Painting on lime render

Painting on lime plaster in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

Lime Rendering

Lime rendering and plastering specialists

Lime is an amazing product; it is breathable so buildings release any damp, it is natural, it is versatile and although it is a traditional material used for thousands of years, it can also look very modern.

Earthouse can offer a range of lime rendering from hydraulic setting to traditional lime putty render.

External finishes are designed to be highly textured, which not only creates a tactile effect, but also ensures that the exterior achieves maximum breathability due to the larger surface area.

Internally we can create highly polished lime plasters or beautiful textured lime render finishes. We will always discuss your desired effect and we are able to give advice to ensure the integrity of traditional properties is maintained.

Examples of three different effects can be seen in the pictures of our recent projects below.

External lime rendering

Lime rendering

The Walronds – Grade 1 listed building in Cullompton – rear aspect

The Walronds - lime render

Front aspect of The Walronds facing into the High Street

Church lime rendering

Contact us - restoration of window surround

Westwood Church – old lime render removed

Lime render and plastering

Westwood Church – new lime plaster applied

Lime render and plaster

Westwood Church – newly lime rendered, plastered and lime washed.