Making this derelict property a home again
Peter Cox Ltd is often the first port of call for clients needing help with renovation of their historic and heritage buildings. Peter Cox Bristol has been involved in the restoration of a wonderful Grade II listed farmhouse
in Moreton-in-Marsh. This pretty town is one of the principal market towns in the northern Cotswolds, situated on the Fosse Way, the famous market is still held every Tuesday throughout the year.
Preserving this property’s historic features
The farmhouse itself is undergoing major renovation and our team of experts are involved in the damp proofing and timber preservation of the property which has been empty for several years.
Surveyor Stephen Mahon said: “The farmhouse and barn is set within glorious Cotswold countryside and we have been working with the client for some time as they carefully bring the building back to life.”
A major part of our work was to carry out insecticidal timber treatments to the main house, the barn, the studio and the nag stables. The timber that needed treating was found in the main roof voids, the first floors, the accessible ground floors and staircases. The problem which had been present for many years, was caused by the common furniture beetle, the usual culprit for infestation in the UK.
Stephen adds: “The process was quite challenging as it was important to ensure that while the affected timbers were treated, the un-affected areas were not damaged.”
The age and condition of the property meant that it had suffered considerably from rising damp but the client did not want to re-plaster some of the older walls and instead we used a specialist lime wash on the 600 mm – 650 mm rubble filled walls.
However, on the Link Section between the main house and the barn, we used two coats of a Dry-Wall Pore-stop Waterproof Slurry as well as an additional robust render.
Stephen said: “In the stables, the barn, the main house and the studio we recommended that wall plaster which has been affected by rising dampness was renewed in conjunction with the installation of a new damp proof course which incorporated the Peter Cox DryWall Diffusion System.”
Saved from ruin
“Our bespoke system is non caustic, non-flammable, odourless and solvent free,” said Stephen. “It is suitable for walls of any thickness and can be used on brick or stone and so worked well in on this project.”
“It has been a real privilege to watch this lovely old Cotswold building being brought to life and we have really enjoyed our time down on the farm.”