Built missing gate pier

The pineapple finial has been removed and the left hand pier demolished many decades ago. The property owner found the finial in a local antique shop and managed to regain possession. I built a replacement pier and plinth and capital stone for the pineapple to sit on. Work done in 2011 but this was the first time I had the opportunity to get a good photo. St George Hotel Monmouth.

Drystone wall, gateway, steps

Rebuilt drystone walling in new location with solid gate piers and vintage self closing gate. Made copings stones to match the capstone. Built a set of curved steps in the corner of the courtyard. All aiming to compliment the existing building.

Repointing Lodge

Replacing cement mortar that is blocking evaporation and causing wet cold walls. Repointing with the correct lime mortar that will allow evaporation while maintaining an adequate weatherproof outer skin. This has the added effect of presenting the stonework in its original bright well-defined style.

The second picture below shows the work in progress – right hand elevation complete and left-hand underway. The first picture shows the job complete, left and right elevations and the centre elevation and porch lower priority for treatment in the future.

Gate pier

The upper third of the brick gate pier on the corner of the white building in the centre of this picture had collapsed due to a vehicle impact, including the capstone. The materials were carefully salvaged and rebuilt. The result is virtually indistinguishable as a repair. Grade II listed.

Spring Maintenance

Carrying out remedial work to chimneys and West elevation of a Grade 1 listed Historic House, these areas had been suffering from last winter’s rain. Repairs and repointing completed in the Spring now have a good chance to cure and strengthen to resist next winter’s weather

 

Working from Skyjack

Carrying out remedial works to a high exposed bell tower using a Skyjack 66. We can provide the services of two masons fully trained (IPAF) and insured to operate self-propelled boom hoists and can usually work up to around 100 feet (30m) with significant outreach, potentially up to 180 feet (60m) in some situations, and to around 20m from uneven ground.

Alastair is shown using a stone saw to open up for indent repairs. We repointed and replaced stones, fitted lead drip formers, and applied a breathable surface treatment to the stone in order to increase resistance to winter rain and frost.

Laying new flagstones

A terrace 5m x 15m bordered by a drystone wall and copings made from stone recovered during site clearance.

These flagstones are up to 3″ thick x up to 5 feet 6″ in length, creating a terrace that looks and feels traditional. Supplied by Tony Muhl’s red sandstone quarry at Urishay 01873 860357

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