Category Archives: limewash

The colour of a house

One of the privileges I enjoy is the opportunity to make my mark on the landscape, and when a client has the boldness to choose a rich colour for their house it is a chance to make a statement. The … Continue reading

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roughcast revisited

In 2006 I rendered a house extension which had been built with artificial Cotswold stone, hard,slightly glazed, unattractive and unconvincing. So the owners thought it might be lime rendered. I remember thinking that there could be a problem with adhesion … Continue reading

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Nothing need be wasted when using lime

Having finished the harling there was a bit of course stuff left over and the tools needed washing. so both the remaining render and the tool washing water was put in a barrel and, with the addition of more lime, … Continue reading

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A summary of limewashing a house

As with many render repair projects the main difficulty was the removal of the lichen and grime, unless this is done thoroughly then the limewash will not adhere satisfactorily, therefore the first task was to power wash the render and … Continue reading

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Limewash thoughts

I was asked if the roughcast render I was doing could be self coloured to avoid limewashing. This is a misunderstanding of the role of limewash especially where roughcast renders are concerned. Limewash is not actually a paint – it … Continue reading

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