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!
From the initial consultation onwards I was impressed with Sean’s knowledge and passion for honest restoration and the use of traditional methods. He provided assistance to me during the application for listed building consent and has been very helpful throughout. Sean and his team removed the old mixed render from my cottage, made necessary repairs to timbers and strengthened the cob walls and applied new lime render and lime wash. I was kept fully informed and involved during this process and am delighted with the end result.
Sean and his team were efficient, helpful, tidy and friendly – it was a pleasure to have them working here and I would certainly recommend them and have them back for further work when required. Thank you Sean.
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 they 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.
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.
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.
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.
Lime render, lime wash and cob repair
Earthhouse 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!