When our client first contacted us, the facade of the circa 1860 cottage located in Western Victoria had never seen a traditional restoration. In over 150 years, weathering and general deterioration of the mortar jointing, also known as pointing, was highly evident.
Before Restoration, the c.1860 Bluestone Cottage in Western VIC was run down with most of the Mortar Jointing missing
Although the stone was in very good condition and with clear indication that it was very well built, mortar repair and repointing was integral in rejuvenating the old bluestone structure.
The client was extremely happy with their new entrance. The repointing method used was traditional ribbon pointing and it lasts for a very long time.
Here is a before and after of another aspect of the same building. A massive improvement.
Period Home Restorations should last for a very long time despite being exposed to harsh, even acidic conditions in today’s climate.
Contact Mason & Maker through melbournebrickrepair.com or vicrestorations.com for further detail on how we can help with your period home renovation project.
Although I am a devout traditionalist and prefer to keep the use of portland cements to a minimum, the patching process of mortar repair, when dealing with natural stone buildings, should allow for a strong and durable patch. All patching and pointing shall be installed utilising soaking methods; working with optimal moisture content in both substrate and mortar. This basically means that substrates remain dampened before and after pointing/ patching has occurred.
Bluestone cottage wall with joint removed. The three smaller stones, known as ‘bees feet’, used to fill the line, can be filled with darker mortar
Bluestone Cottage wall with darkened mortar patch
While the colour may look darker now, the patch will dry lighter to match the colour of the surrounding stone. The skill of the original mason from many years ago has been highlighted again by this restoration.
Turning random rubble into a dressed 300mm ashlar wall–Victorian Bluestone Georgian Cottage