House Got a Shave….

July 30, 2007 at 7:12 pm (House renovation) (, )

A long time ago, the previous owners painted the stonework on the front of the house. Unfortunately, water can get inside the stone and get trapped behind the layer(s) of paint, causing eventual bubbling and cracking of paint, and damage to the stone. The house looked awful on the outside, so we agreed to spend a big portion of our budget on having the stone dealt with.

There are two ways to remedy the problem. One involves applying a chemical paint remover to the stone, and the other involves manually scraping the paint off. You can guess which one we went for.

The stonemasons have now finished “cleaning” the stone at the front of the house. In fact, you could say they shaved the stone. First they used a rotary sander, then finished it by hand.

This photo shows the amount of stone taken off by the sander, up to 8mm in some places.

After they finished scraping, they washed it all down with water, then filled in the joints with matching lime mortar-type stuff.

It looks awesome, and it’s a nice feeling when we spy passerbys admiring the work done by the stonemasons. A neighbour was particularly impressed — she commented that it’s raised the tone of the street (yes, because it was definitely lowering it before!!!)

UPDATE:  We’ve had many compliments on her stonework now and several people have actually approached us and asked for the name the stone mason.

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