Re-pointing Bluestone: Cottage Restoration Victoria

Much care is taken in replacing the old mortar. In this case, the mortar removed was from the original construction from over 150 years ago! The lime based mortar has been replicated with the addition of grey cement.

The following, true to traditional building style, is the back wall to the same building. The more dressed stones were selected and used for the front walls, as pictured above, with the offcuts and more random pieces used to construct the rear half of the house. Replacing and repairing the mortar on this bluestone cottage was long over due with the bottom image showing the difference of new, left, to old, right.

Bluestone Cottage Stone Facade Restoration. Willis Street, Winchelsea victorian

Mortar pointing/ jointing, for brick and stone buildings should be re-pointed every 30-50 years depending on exposure. Of course, a more hastened maintenance schedule, for aesthetic benefit, can be used and may be beneficial.

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Always embossed in Georgian design, Bluestone window lintol, quions (and sill) with extended ribbon pointing to accentuate the rebate.

We restore Melbourne’s Favorite Heritage Buildings – GPO Melbourne

Whilst being involved with a major Melbourne Heritage Building Company, G.H. Veitch Stonemasons assisted with the facade restoration carried out in 2012 on the fantastic French-provinical-styled GPO in Melbourne CBD.

Let us carve your new external facade architectural stone features in Sandstone,  Bluestone or Limestone

Heritage Cottage Restoration; Brick Driveway, Arch Repair and Fence Piers

In 2013 we undertook a large restoration project in Castle Hill, NSW. 428 Old Northern Road was one of the original properties that were located on Old Northern Road, as it meanders up to Dural.

Old Northern Road is now laden with large mansions — all sporting grand views over the Sydney skyline.

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After-shot; Heritage Cottage ‘Sandstock’ Brick Arch Repair, 428 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill

The owners had only just purchased the property that year and had immediately commenced aerating the subsoil conditions due to highly reactive clay being located thereunder. This had also caused the arch pictured above to fail.

As the Carpenters were ripping out the cornices and floor boards, we undertook the demolition, brick stitching and head lintel insertion into the round arch pictured. With rendered finish the owners were impressed in the quick turnaround and approached us to renovate the 350m2 heritage brick driveway — complete with radial.

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After-Shot of brick driveway with the radial detail placed back in its original position

In addition to the driveway, and as it was all looking so good, the owners decided to go with some fairly chunky brick piers to hold up the slatted timber fence.

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Front Shot. Images courtesy of L.J.Hooker (Thanks Mr.Hooker!)

Whilst excavating in front of the cottage, we discovered a hidden path. Pictured below in all of its restored beauty.

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A new entrance deserved a new step with nameplate. We were only happy to provide these items free of charge.

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Every ‘Good Manor” deserves a handcarved sign in 24ct Gold Leaf!

All in all, the owner was ecstatic with our efforts when the property, some 3 years , sold for a large return; approximately 40%… Not a bad heritage flip!

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…and the aerial view is just as impressive..

To complete the blog piece, some ‘before-shots’…


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