Georgian Restoration

Sector: Residential

Main Contractor: H Cumberbirch

Designer: Mark Gillette

• Paint Removal
• Restoration & Repair of historic plaster mouldings
• Lime Plastering
• GRG Bespoke Mouldings

A privately owned Grade II listed Georgian mansion in Cheshire has benefited from the expert treatment of the Ornate Interiors team. With 15 rooms in varying states of disrepair, this was an exceptionally intricate and challenging contract. The brief was to:
• Retain as much of the original plasterwork as possible
• Restore what could be saved
• Replace what was damaged beyond repair with perfect replicas of the originals.

Some rooms only needed minor repairs, which were carried out by hand; others needed complete sections of mouldings or enrichments replaced to match the original.

The team started by painstakingly removing layers of ancient paint with steam and small picking tools. Once surfaces were clean, moulds were taken and new enrichments and mouldings cast in the workshop.Ceiling roses were remodelled in clay to match the originals. Where areas of the existing haired lime plaster were removed to allow for new chases or repairs, they were re-plastered sympathetically using authentic materials.

Bespoke mouldings in a Georgian theme were also manufactured for other areas of the property, including a new pool extension. Working closely with the client and designer to ensure consistency with the existing architecture, Ornate Interiors created niches, domes, columns, panelled and coffered ceilings and lanterns.

The client and designer were both delighted with the results, which so impressed the judging panel from the FPDC Plaisterers’Awards that the project was “Highly Commended” in the Fibrous and GRG Heritage Award for 2009.

Judges comments:
“An excellent piece of restoration and reproduction, copying and extending existing cornices and column details into areas of new build. Harmonised and meticulously crisp elliptical lantern linings in a coffered ceiling, with no expense spared”

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