Victorian terrace window repair

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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:

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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 hired Geraint to undertake a delicate Bath stone repair job as part of an extensive English Heritage external refurb. We required the job to be turned around quickly. He promptly attended site to measure up and take profiles of the decorative stone work we needed to match in and repair. Later that day I had a price which was approved. Due to his connections he managed to get the supplier to deliver and cut the stone in double quick time which was then worked quickly in his work shop. Lastly he attended the site and fitted all the stone work which slotted in perfectly and once painted you genuinely wouldn’t know the difference. All in all, top service, true professional at what he does and he will be first person I call if/when I need stone work done again in the future.
Patrick Steppel, Managing Director PML Construction Ltd