Traditional Building

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Kirkconnell House, Dumfries & Galloway


Old cement render on rear of C17th bastle house


Delaminated soft brickwork around C18th window openings


Repairing and 'dubbing out' newly stripped walls with NHL 3.5 lime and sand mortar


Before restoration work


After lime harling restoration work (and construction of green oak pergola to preserve existing wisteria)

Interior of roofspace of circa 1704 'extension'

Rotten floorboards removed to reveal 'recycled' medieval oak joists

New floor timbers laid out on new levelling joists leaving old floor joists undisturbed

Newly partitioned eaves and plumbing with new and original roof timbers left clearly distinguished

New Velux rooflights on blind side of roof and reused Queen Anne door on newly fitted cupboard

Fireplace end of completed attic

Deteriorated C18th 'library' room

Damp and delaminated Virginia pitch-pine panels

Restored panelling - the owners wanted a dragged finish although the room originally would have been painted in a drab putty or green colour

Restored panels. corner cupboard and window shutters - the reconstituted stone fireplace is 'wrong' but was already installed in the room

C18th bedroom - the left hand door is copied from the two originals to form a wardrobe in the closed off fireplace alcove

Regency 'Trafalgar' chair dismantled for restoration - note 3" nails from previous 'repair'

Restored 'Trafalgar' chair



Part of C16th manoir now forming terrace house in St Jean du Doight

Delaminating cement render over granite and clay mortared walls

Cement render removed and first lime 'pricking out' coat applied

'Small tool' work around dressed stone

Reset keystone in door lintel arch

Completed lime-rendered frontage drying out

Painting soot-stained fireback with fresh cow dung

Applying first 'pricking up' coat of lime, clay, cowdung and sand render prior to final lime render

Inserting door opening in rubble stone and clay mortar wall

Faced up door opening in outbuilding being converted to living accommodation

Blocked up fireplace

Fireplace temporarily reinstated - back wall dubbed out with lime render - a work in progress

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