Structural   work

Masonry.

We build in brick, block  stone and timber. By useing authentic materials typical of

the region we are usualy abel to blend new to old

.

Because the stone is round and

smooth and there is no real bond wall ties are laid as the work progresses. The finished walls await there oak gates and tile cappings, indistinguishable from

the masonry of the existing buildings.

Its decided to enlarge the lounge into

the room beyond. The ceiling is supported on props, the wall removed

and at each end sockets cut to recieve

the bearing ends of the lintel..

This pair of stone walls was built partly to obscure the space beyond. and also to complete a formal courtyard. Made  from river stone [large pebbles found on the river banks through out the area] and laid in a lime rich mortar, they blend nicely with the

origonal walls of the existing buildings.

The shuttering is made up and steel reinforcement introduced, concrete is

poured in through the open top and

vibrated. After a time the shuttering is

removed. All thats left is to make good.

 This kind of work is bread and butter

and usualy straight forward but it can

transform the look and feel of the hole

house, turning what was two rather

small rooms into a spacious light and

airy lounge

The rough beam is renderd, plastered and

decorated and with the addition of the egg

and dart coveing is absorbed into and becomes part of the architecture of the house. A nice feature doing a vital job.

The Terrace

Above shows the transformation of the old raised hard standing to the side of the house. The Author sugested the addition of the solid concrete base and full length

riseing steps to create a split level terrace slabbed and landscaped its ideal for dineing

and entertaining.

Remedial

The following pictures show the rescue of the rear of this house in order to create a Kitchen but firstly to prevent collapse. It was found as you see it with the old timber wall

haveing been removed and therefore "with no visable means of support".

Once the gravity of the situation was realised, hard hats were issued and the roof immediately supported on props! What was left of the old frame was removed and the wall to the right [which was to be extended to support the roof] dog toothed to form a bond withe the new work. A foundation trench is dug and concrete poured. The new wall

together with doorway  is built and a concrete Lintel cast above. The block work is continued to the required hight and joist built in. The wall is built up to roof level and the

Props removed. "Alls well that ends well."