Victorian terrace window repair

Cormont Road 07

Have you ever commissioned a tradesman to repair something and it ends up worse than when they started? This happened to a delightful couple in Cormont Road, Camberwell; a fascinating purpose-built square of Victorian subtly-differing terraced houses. The stonework on the ground-floor bay had eroded and a cowboy builder had replaced the lower string with concrete paving slabs (!) and rendered over the moulding (see below).

Cormont Road before

Rendering over stone with a sand/cement mix is a temporary fix at best, due to the different thermal expansions of the materials. This had only been done 5 years previously. Luckily, David, the owner, had photos prior to this:

Cormont Road 04

From this I was able to work out the original mouldings. I ordered the stone and worked the individual stones to shape in my workshop, then after dismantling the stonework and 2 courses of bricks, we rebuilt the whole. This is near the end where we’ve installed the lower string course, laid the 2 brick courses and have pointed up the pediment. (That’s a ‘phonemason’, by the way…)

Cormont Road 05

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And this is the painted final.

Cormont Road 01

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We were delighted with the craftsmanship, attention to detail and value of the service and work we received from you and and your colleagues.  The quote was accurate and you held to it, and the finished stonework looks lovely as well as being a secure investment for the future resilience of the porch and roof areas.  We shall certainly be looking to you in future years for further projects.  Not only was the crafstmanship and costing very good, we found your team to be pleasant, polite, clean and tidy and always alert to issues affecting the congregation and willing to adapt accordingly.
The Rev Dr Gordon Giles, St Mary Magdalene, Enfield