Restoration of Nic & Janet’s Stone Cottage – Adelaide.

Home restoration is never easy.  First, you need to get advice and then quotes, find a tradesman that is recommended and that will come on site as arranged.  Then you need to wade through the quotes, and check licences and seek feedback.  The process often takes a long time and can be very daunting.  It involves a lot of trust, understanding, and knowledge between the parties involved. As a homeowner I get it….  Our home is everything and I wouldn’t have just anyone repairing it.  

At Tech-Dry we see a lot of houses every day and as we often mention we feel very privileged to be trusted to be working inside and on the walls of our customers’ homes. We take the process seriously and want to ensure that our customers know that.  We like to make sure they understand what we are about to do every step of the way.

Nic and Janet’s restoration story

Nic and Janet were a prime example of this.  They knew they had Salt Damp in their old cottage, but a combination of factors had meant they hadn’t been able to look at the issue until now.  Add to this Janet had uncovered some of the stone underneath the crumbling external render and they wanted to see if the restoration of the original stone and façade was possible.  So, they gave us a call to see how we could help and to understand what was involved.  Finding someone they could trust to fix their home was very important to them.  

Not only were we able to help with the Salt Damp by installing a new barrier at the base of the wall to prevent further moisture and salts from rising into the wall.  We also had our team of qualified trades remove the damaged render, uncover the stone underneath and then lovingly restore the walls back to what they once were.   The process took many few months from the initial quote to the final restoration of the walls, but the result is more than worth it. The homeowners feel like they a new (old) cottage and it is now a perfect reflection of how it would have looked in the 1900’s and will last now for a long time to come. 

Why Tech-Dry SA?

This type of work is what we are experts at.  We understand the issues that these old walls face.  We understand the amount of salt in the old walls and exactly how important it is to get those salts out.  Our stonemasons are experts in matching mortar, mixing heritage approved lime mortars and ensuring the house looks like it once was. We spend a lot of time to ensure the job is done properly and will last.

As with all jobs, everyone was thrilled to be involved in Nic and Janet’s restoration project.  It was such a pleasure to see a 1900’s cottage being restored because we know what it looked like when we first saw it.  

By why not see for yourself and watch their story below.

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Case Study: Salt Damp Repair – Clarence Park

Case Study:  Salt Damp Repair Clarence Park

Location: Clarence Park

Type of Home: 1920’s Bungalow – Sandstone front, red brick to sides

Project Manager: Neil Williams

Issue: Severe damage to sandstone and bricks at base of the wall due to long-term exposure to salt damp.

Solution: Tech-Dry rebuilt some areas of wall before injecting a new damp proof barrier at the base of the walls.    The client then waited 6 months to allow time for trapped moisture and salts to evaporate to the surface.   Tech-Dry then repaired the front stonework and side brick walls of the home.

Details from Neil:

Marie asked us to inspect due to concerns about the condition of her walls.   The first thing I noticed was the damage that had occured to the sandstones on the front verandah and walls.  These  stones had been eaten away by the salts and some of these were almost completely gone.   On the side walls the mortar between the bricks had become crumbly and had eroded to the point that i could put my in between the bricks.  And this was happening up to 11 courses of bricks from the ground.   This is quite severe for salt damp.

The first thing I determined was that injection was not going to be possible until we had rebuilt some of the walls.    We proposed to the client therefore that we needed to rebuild sections of her wall, then inject a new Tech-Dry chemical damp proof barrier at the base of the wall.  The new barrier would stop any new moisture (and salts) from rising into the wall.  Once the barrier had been created we would need to wait 6 months.  This time allows for the walls above this barrier to “dry” before we can get our stonemasons back onsite to start the repairs.

Once the 6 months was complete our stonemasons returned onsite to work their magic.  They began the slow process of removing the salt affected pointing and replacing it with new lime mortar.  They also removed any of the affected sandstones and bricks and carefully choose their replacements.  This means the new stones will blend in with the existing stones in the wall.   Where necessary they also cut blocks of sandstone by hand to place into the wall so that they fit.   As a part of our overall repair service they also completely replaced the verandah floor as the previous slab had moved and cracked.

From the Client:

“I would like to pass on my appreciation of the magnificent job done by your staff, who I found to work together very well.  I am more than pleased with the work they did and I will certainly be more than happy to recommend Tech-Dry and your employees to anyone who is looking for damp proof work to be done.  Thanking you, Marie”.

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