The time we renovated an English country estate house

A brick built country house painted with an exterior wall coating

The mainstay of the painting work we do is often to terraced, 4 bed detached, semi’s and so on, but now and again we get the chance to paint somewhere that we can only dream of living in.

This grand brick-built English country home needed the exterior repaired and painted.  The old walls were worn and in poor condition with flaky paint, cracked rendering and huge patches of dated and crumbling pebbledash.

A very big house in the country!

The transformation of this Grand English country house with restored render repairs, brickwork cleaning and restoration, followed by the NPA wall coating system ……. is truly amazing and needless to say, the owners were absolutely delighted with the end result!

This particular house, in Dorset if I recall (?) was set in it’s own sumptuous grounds with not only the large manor house to deal with but also the staff quarters, stables, kitchens and so on, it all needed some major TLC.

Here are some “before” photos.

Country house with cracking rendering

Country house with cracking rendering

This is more or less what we started with.

Cracked rendering, damp coming in and huge pebble-dashed elevations that had been put on quite some time before world war 2.

The pebble dashed bits were quite bad and the stones had come away, leaving the porous surface exposed to the weather and letting water in, which in a historic house like this, could have been a disaster if it was not attended to.

The rear showing the stables with cracked rendering

The rear showing the stables with cracked rendering

This large project also included the restoration of the stables and staff accommodation and on such a big painting and repair job, we ensured that minimal disruption, to a point, was caused to the owners. Often on larger buildings we tend to do one section at a time.

Here is the rear showing the poor render

Poor condition render in need of an external wall coating

Poor condition render in need of an external wall coating

The house itself had various different exterior wall surfaces and each part had its own problems. The bricks were cracked, porous, suffered from efflorescence, and much of the pointing was missing.

The rendered areas had much faded paint, cracks and hollow sections, again, letting in damp to the house. The exterior walls had a “grubby” appearance and required cleaning.

We treated this house with our spray applied exterior wall coating system and now the exterior will NOT need any redecoration or repair for the next 20 years!

We don’t only do grand houses either!

Nope, you don’t have to live in Downton Abbey to benefit from our long life weatherproof wall coatings, they are NOT expensive and are suitable for all different types of house and wall finish, plus they are available in all sorts of colours.

Here is a photo which shows the state of the pebbledash before we started work.

Bald and missing pebbledash wall in need of some TLC

Bald and missing pebbledash wall in need of some TLC

So what did it look like afterwards?

Here are some nice photos to show you what a change we made to the appearance and the lifespan of this historic home.

Rendered stately home with a new exterior wall coating!

Rendered stately home with a new exterior wall coating!

Here is another view of the house, this time showing the stable area we looked at earlier in the article.

Stable block and rear of house painted

Stable block and rear of house painted

And finally here is a nice photo of the front of the house after we had done all the render repairs, fixed and replaced the dashed areas and applied an external wall painting system to the whole house.

This is now fully guaranteed for at least 15 years.

A nice view of the front of the house after external wall painting

A nice view of the front of the house after external wall painting

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