A Victorian house restoration in Ballarat required 4 fireplaces to be re-bricked, the hearth concreted and the iorn fireplaces restored, blackened and set into the rendered bricked work using cornice cement.
The timber mantles were then adjusted, in some cases rebuilt and then fitted into place.
Home is where the hearth is
Both of these fireplace restorations required a new concrete hearth slab to be formed and poured within the original floorboards. The size of the concrete slab was based on the size of the new tiles which were locally sourced and matched with the existing tiles and laid within a solid brass edge angle then grouted to suit. Note the cement repair to the fire brick insert carried out by R & R.
These fireplaces have original timber mantles, cast iron inserts and tiled hearths all installed by Renovations & Restorations.
Cast Iron Fireplace Restoration
This one required sourcing the old original fireplace from a wreckers yard then piecing various parts together. these were wire brushed and ground smooth proir to paint restoration and then reassembly.
The timber mantle was removed, the brickwork altered to accept the shroud shape then rebricked up.
The prefinished mantle was refitted and the fixing points disgused.
Weather board restoration
Weather board restoration is a typical contract for R & R. Using either pinus radiata, or baltic pine we can match materials to suit genuine restoration requirements to achieve excellent "as new" finishes. Here is an example of a restoration of a Federation Cottage in Ballarat which required the old weather boards, plinth boards (these are the boards below the weather boards) and window architraves to be removed and replaced. The new architraves were specially made and the plinth boards were H3 treated pine to prevent rotting.
This federation home in Hotham Street required a complete restoration of the sub-structure timbers, and a new polished tongue and grooved Jarra flooring deck. Note how it slopes to allow rain to drain which meant the corners were a compound mitre join.
The posts were a bit rotten so we proped the roof then cut and placed them on a red gum plinth, now hidden behind the large skirtings around the posts.
Painted and polished, it looks a treat.
Tin Shed - BEFORE
This was a classic tin shed which we lined with plasterboard on steel battens with insulation in the roof and walls as well as waterproofing the wall to floor junction. An excellent result included a toilet with a cistern mounted wash basin to save water. Its now a relaxing oasis.
Tin Shed - DURING
Tin Shed - AFTER
Federation house in Ballarat
This window is a typical softwood, imported Oregon, in a Federation house in Ballarat approximately 100 years old, unrestored until now, the window had been painted 4 or 5 times over its life but rot had eaten most of the bottom joints.
We removed the sashes, replaced the cords, serviced the pulleys, fibre glass filled the rotten sections and created new timber frame pieces to renew this kitchen window.
90 year old weatherboard
A 90 year old weatherboard home required extensive window restoration including changing all the bottom sash glass for 6mm laminate. New sash ropes, service the pullies and restore any rotten timbers.
The results were nothing short of fabulous and will last for just as many years
Carved blue stone
The sills in this house were carved blue stone and the windows were caulked for weather proofing with a lime & sand mortar. This was replaced with longer lasting cement & sand mortar and finished with a weather proof external paint system.
Rotten timber cut out
Sills and external architraves had the rotten timber cut out, filled with 2 part body filler then all external timbers were sealed and prime painted.
Or perhaps an aluminum window suits the situation better with no external architraves and minimal reveals. Note this property in Mt Helen required metal fly screen as it has a fire safety overlay to the area and we chose 6mm thick glass to the bottom panes to ensure breakage safety.