This was an ambitious environmental refurbishment project on a hard to treat historic clunch house.
The client wanted to remove the non breathable cement render put on in the 70’s and externally insulate the house. We decided, after much research, upon ‘Multipor’ as it was breathable and seemed the most appropriate material for this particular construction type. It was a pioneering choice as despite examples elsewhere in Europe we were not aware of any other projects in the UK having used this material – however a few years on and it’s fairing excellently.
It was a huge project, the old 70’s cement render had to come off, revealing the clunch construction behind (along with a few ‘holes’ that needed a speedy repair), then a new specialist breathable lime render was used to adhere the multipor blocks to the façade. New timber double glazed windows were installed and external plastic pipes were replaced with aluminium. To accommodate the additional insulation going onto the façade new deeper window cills needed to be created, the roof overhang extended and any external pipework remounted. A generous French Drain was cut around the base of the building to reduce the chance of incoming damp.
Finally the building was rendered with a breathable lime render and then painted in a lime paint. It really was an ambitious project that required utter dedication from the client and construction team, but it was beautifully realised and the house has not only been restored to its former glory – but is now also solid, warm and dry!