We are The Renovation Men
Design-Structural Engineering – Build
Working along side our sister company Speq design and build (speqdesign.com)we specialize in traditional renovations and extensions of period and listed properties. We have in house designers, engineers and sustainability consultants ensuring your project is not only honest to its original character but also cutting edge when it comes to the latest technology. Primarily operating in South East Cornwall but available for consultancy throughout the Southwest.
Old buildings require old techniques, we are one of a core group of builders in the UK who have re-learned traditional techniques to ensure the breath-ability and character of your home is maintained. Combine this with our attention to detail and productivity and it is no wonder we have the waiting list that we do.
When the use of lime in buildings was widely replaced by cement
We love “old” projects
Recent projects include:
Vine Cottage Grade II listed 18th century
Sam Hancocks Grade II listed 19th century
Spindrift Grade II listed 19th century
Roslyn Early 20th century
Lime, Lime Lime!
So far I have harped on about our traditional techniques, unless you have already done your research you may be wondering what i’m talking about?
Primarily I am talking about our use of lime based mortar in place of the more common cement based mortar. I should state I am by no means against using cement in its rightful place. Its rightful place is not in homes that are built pre-1930’s nor in many house that were built up until the 1950’s
In the words of an industry expert…
“Quite simply Lime is the only material suitable for use in old buildings”
I could and am currently writing a book on this subject but for the purposes of this website I will just say that using cement based products in old buildings is like using diesel in a petrol car… its not what it was designed for and it does not work. In many cases people who do will get lucky but a quick google search will demonstrate many do not. For what is a nominal extra cost why take the risk? It is after all a lot cheaper to do it right the first time than it is to do the job twice.
There is plenty or great information on the use of lime on the Cornish Lime website which you can access by clicking the link. They also provide training courses which I can personally vouch for, before you ask, no I don’t have shares in them, I wish I did I spend a lot of money there!
As well our use of lime the other main reason I would describe our technique as traditional is our ethos which is to salvage not replace, all too often the easy option is often to replace tired and worn parts of your home.We have the ability and the inclination to save many of the features that other builders fail to see the importance.
When you walk into one of our renovations I do not want it to feel like a new house, yes the workmanship should be exquisite, yes it should have all the amenities of a new house and yes it should all last for another 300 years. That does not mean it all has to be replaced.
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