Customer Testimonials

Customer testimonials

We always work hard to ensure that our customers are happy. This means working closely with the customer from the beginning right through to the end of the process. We are delighted that some of our customers have been kind enough to write us testimonials following our work on their properties.

If you would like to hear more from our customers, we have a number of people who are happy to talk to you about Earthouse and some have even offered to allow new customers to visit their property and see some of the work Earthouse has done.

Please do have a look at the testimonials below and visit our Blogs page for more detailed information about our work.

Grade II listed cob cottage, near Cullompton

Earthouse Building Conservation Ltd - External lime render on grade II listed cottage

When our grade II listed cottage was hit by a car it seemed like a disaster, but in fact it was a huge blessing. Sean was contracted by the insurance company and bent over backwards to ensure that the cottage was repaired and renovated to an extremely high standard. Earthouse was extremely helpful in negotiating between the planning office and the insurance company and helped us insist on only the very best. A potentially stressful process was made so simple with their help and the results are fantastic. First repairing the impact damage from the crash they also corrected water damage issues in the walls we did not even know we had. Then they replaced the existing concrete render with lime to an excellent finish, something we had wanted to do for years. The cottage is far more stable than it was in the first place and is properly surfaced and finished.
 
Finally they put in new windows and completed the finishing touches. Sean and Tom were friendly, professional and just good to have around… not what we expected from two months of building repairs. We already have and will continue to recommend Earthouse, thank you Sean!
 
Tom & Jo Neusinger, near Cullompton

Internal Remedial work – Devon Longhouse, East Devon

We are absolutely delighted with the work Sean did on our house. We have a cob constructed Devon longhouse and Sean did some remedial work on an internal section of wall which had worn and disintegrated over time. We were really impressed with the obvious care Sean took over his work and the finished result is truly beautiful. We’re very much looking forward to the day when we can get him in to do the rest of the house!

EH, East Devon

Large Cob Cottage, Cullompton

If your building is in need of repair, Sean’s team are excellent; I stumbled across them on the Internet when searching for someone to re-render my cob house. I had researched and spoken to a number of specialist cob companies, but Earthouse were the most passionate about building conservation.

Sean offered advice and guidance without any obligation to use him on the final job; his approach is very personal – he listened to what I wanted and talked me through all the different approaches, understanding the budget I was having to work within. He was always around if I had a question, needed something explaining, or had simply changed my mind!

There are bigger companies out there with bigger reputations, but this is a growing company with a growing reputation. The finish on our house is exceptional, and people in the street (including some builders down the road) often comment on how good it is. Indeed…..another house in the street has already had Sean render their house too.

James Brough, Cullompton

Farmhouse near Bradninch

We contacted Sean because he was on a list of builders given to us by our structural engineer. When he came round to see us he showed real interest in our plans and a willingness to offer advice. Sean has continued to give us the benefit of his expertise and honest advice to ensure that the end product is of a high standard and achieved in the most cost efficient way possible. He has an excellent eye for detail and finish. We are pleased that we followed his suggestions. He personally visited the property at the weekend to make sure that the internal lime plaster was setting properly. We have found Sean and his team to be honest and trustworthy. They repaired and rendered our main chimney, reinstated a lime plastered ceiling which had collapsed, created a replacement pad for a large structurally significant elm beam, plastered and rendered many walls including our north facing external wall. We think the window reveals they worked on have been beautifully executed. They also lime washed the external render the had applied. We would have no hesitation in employing Sean and his team again, and plan to do so. Another benefit of having Sean on your side is that he has a variety of contacts in the conservation trades who have proved equally talented. The local building control and conservation officers have been impressed by their standard of work.

Tony Rendell, near Bradninch

Honiton Grade II listed townhouse

Testimonial - lime render

As the owners of a grade II listed building, we not only wanted to respect the regulations governing the nature of the work we can carry out, but also ensure that we ‘did the right thing’ by our building and worked with high quality craftspeople in its restoration. The first project was to re-render the front façade of the building in lime, a high profile project in that the building is on a very public high street. Having seen the work undertaken by Earthouse on a neighbour’s property, which was highly recommended by the owner, we were keen to discuss the project with Sean and his team. From the outset it was clear that Sean had a great feel for the work we required and was able to clearly understand what we wanted to achieve. An added bonus was that Earthouse’s strong reputation in working with listed buildings, and good relationship with the local council conservation department, meant that the officers were immediately reassured that the project was in safe hands. Sean and his team did an excellent job and also worked in a very accommodating fashion with the other trades we used on the project. Thank you Sean and I have no doubt that we will be using Earthouse for our next lime project.

Tony Hollox, Honiton

Exeter listed townhouse

Testimonial - The finished kitchen in the Exeter town house

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 plasterwork 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 plasterwork 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 & Richard Lawrence, Exeter

Cob cottage, Brithem Bottom

Brithem Bottom - testimonial

Earthouse do what they say they are going to do, in the time scale and do a great job. Sean Parker, who heads it up is straightforward, and knows what he’s doing with a wealth of knowledge and experience. He really understands what is required, especially with period buildings, listings etc. and how to do the work without the faff so often found amongst so called experts. I’ve been involved in doing up old buildings for years and Sean really is up there with skill and plain hard work. There is a great team around him, and all good to be around – watching them work was a real learning curve for me around lime render, lime wash, and the cob in our very old thatched cottage which really did need expert hands. I trusted them and always felt confident, and this trust wasn’t in any way misplaced. Highly recommended!

Steve Jamison, Brithem Bottom

Devon Longhouse near Cullompton

We had a serious emergency with our rubble build house. A large section proved to have become disattached. Upon removing render and surveying a developing crack we discovered that there was was a separation you could almost put your head in! It became  apparent that the cross passage extension in our Devon Longhouse had fallen down 3 times before during its very long term existence and had various methodologies used to try and keep it together. There was also separation of the inner and outer skins on one aspect. Earthouse were able to achieve an initial stabilisation of the structure and then repair using a mix of modern and traditional techniques whilst retaining the original that was salvageable. The end result is a stable structure that retains its original features and hopefully will remain so for very many more hundreds of years. We had seen works carried out by Earthouse on other buildings and were impressed with the results, plus they were able to help with the emergency. The quality of their work upon completion is impressive.
Robin Hopkins, near Cullompton

Grade II listed cob farmhouse, Cullompton

My wife and I owned a Grade II listed cob farmhouse that had little work done to it for many years. Sean from Earthouse worked on various projects for us over about a five year period. These included a complete restoration of a kitchen and the room above (replacement floors, plaster work, stonework, tiling, etc) as well as the restoration of a hallway and cloakroom. External work included stone walling, block paving and fencing. Sean’s friendly and consultative approach to the work was really appreciated. His eye for detail, care and pride in his work and meticulous approach to getting things absolutely right shone through in everything that he did. We were always delighted with every project that he undertook.
Paul Young, near Cullompton

 

 

 

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

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.