Monthly Archives: June 2018

Snug Fireplace

The bedroom is finished apart from paint and I’ve started on the snug.   I’m planning to fit a wood burner and have removed the late 20th century fireplace to get back to the builders opening.

The brickwork is not presentable and will need to be plastered.  My idea is to leave a brick arch exposed to add some interest.   In the photo the arch former is in position for a trial fit of the arch.  The OSB board is there to provide a surface to line up the face of the arch which will be 10mm proud of the brickwork.

arch-template

The arch uses the same bricks as in the main room.  The colour differences between the bricks should be reduced when they are sealed. Failing that I will have a multi-coloured arch.

It’s a bit mean to future historians to build the arch in 100 year old bricks so I’ve made good use of red bricks left over from the new build next door in the infill.  The ancient bricks they replaced will be used to find a match for the repairs needed on the outside wall of the chimney.

arch-complete

I think the sides of the fireplace opening will need to be plastered as the corners of the bricks have been knocked off.  Possibly I will be able to only plaster the corners and make a nice curve.   I’ll likely leave the back of the opening in sooty brick.

Plaster Conservation (with Lining Paper)

The Bedroom is one of the older rooms in the house.   The blue colour is distemper on top of haired lime plaster on wattle and daub. The pink also appears to be lime and was applied by Edwardians who filled in the door opening to the right, raised the ceiling, then chopped a new door opening through the wall plate!

I’ve exposed the beams (I think the wall plates were originally exposed or hidden by the ceiling.  The tie beam was originally above the ceiling).

bedroom-plaster

The original plaster was protected by wallpaper and is still in reasonable condition after several hundred years.   I’m covering it with lining paper.  At some point in the future someone will want to remove the wall covering and the lining paper should allow them to take the room back to plaster without too much damage.

It is my first time wallpapering and lining paper seems forgiving.   On the far wall the outline of the timber frame is quite visible.

lining-paper

It looks a lot better with the lining paper finished.   After a little filler the joints in the paper aren’t noticeable and the surface is nice and flat.

lining-finished