Lime Repair is a Somerset-based company specialising in the sensitive and considered repair of historic buildings. Our services include: Lime plastering; lime rendering; lime pointing; structural repairs; chimney repairs/rebuilding; roofing; roof repairs; gutter and fascia repairs; solving damp problems; limecrete floors and traditional paints & limewashes.
Lime Repair was set up in 2005 by Julie Haddow a lime plastering specialist of 15 years' experience.
In 2000 she was awarded the prestigious William Morris Craft Fellowship by the SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) where she was influenced by notable architects, craftsmen, structural engineers and surveyors in the field of conservation.
Julie began her love affair with lime working for Capps & Capps in Hay on Wye.
"I had just completed an HND in 'Design Crafts' at Hereford where I enjoyed working with and understanding materials. My first job was mixing lime plaster and making moulds to repair a Jacobean strap-work ceiling at Llowes Court. I was in heaven just being in the building never mind using my recently acquired mould-making skills. I never set out to be a 'plasterer' but my love of materials and old buildings led me down the road to lime…."
Julie also works as a lime and historic building consultant and teaches skills for the lime trades for Lime Producers, the Princes Foundation, The New Royal Botanic Gardens in Jordan to name a few. She has made contributions to English Heritages now book – 'Mortars, Renders & Plasters, Adam Weismann & Katy Bryces 'Using Natural Finishes.'
The founder of Lime Repair is recognised on a national level as a 'William Morris Craft Fellow'; she has contributed to specialist books including 'Using Natural Finishes' by Adam Weismann & Katy Brice and English Heritages new 'Mortars, Renders & Plasters'.
Julie Haddow teaches on specialist lime courses for the 'Princes Trust' and 'The Welsh Centre for Traditional & Sustainable Building.' and speaks regularly for the S.P.A.B. in London on lime plastering and the need for historic buildings to 'breathe.
Dear Mr Smith,
The work on my house is almost finished and I write to say how very pleased I am with it.
From the minute Lime Repair started work in November I have been able to relax and know that everything would be alright.
They are superb workpeople and the work is done to a very high standard.
The men have been respectful and considerate and I recommend them highly.
One of the things about which I am grateful is that I have been kept informed all the way and Julie has been responsible for this.
Thank you Mr Smith for appointing them.
"The advice, care and quality of work undertaken by Lime repair has been outstanding. They clearly have the client's best interests at heart. They clearly know how to translate those wishes into practical results in the difficult technical environment of old stone walled buildings. They have restored the ground floor of my early 18th century cottage beautifully: revealing timbers; eradicating all trace of damp and putting it back, as far as possible, to its original condition. It now breathes properly and looks marvellous."
Julie and her Lime Repair team did an immaculate job in restoring, rendering and lime-washing the damaged wall of our 15th century gable, and equally impressive work in replacing an oak lath andlime putty Georgian soffit.
I recommend them to anyone who needs authentic limework and values real craftmanship.
Julie and her team worked on the exposed South Front of our 17th Century house (Batcombe Lodge). They stripped off many layers of ancient paint, repaired or replaced Doulting Stone cladding and then limewashed the whole. All this was done during a very wet, windy Autumn and a freezing cold Winter (2009-10).
The result is really splendid. They also did a good job inside making a very damp corner of our sitting room breathable and now dry.
Julie and her team of experts gave us friendly and timely service at Fforden.
The main objective was to replace concrete render with lime but this entailed many other significant pieces of work to improve drainage, repair lintles, extend the roof and effectively rebuild a chimney.
We were impressed by Lime Repair's foresight, consultation, reassurance, cleanliness, professionalism, creativity, enthusiasm, hard work and traditional techniques.