Levens Hall Renovations
Levens Hall underwent some major restoration work to the west side of the house in 2016.
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We re-rendered the West Elevation with lime mortar.
WHY DID WE DO THIS?
During the 1940’s the West Elevation was covered with hard cement render because at the time it was thought that it would keep water out of the building more effectively. However, over time the render trapped moisture behind the surface, which caused the lime mortar beneath to deteriorate.
Maintenance is a continual process for every old building. The project was a major undertaking for Levens Hall and required skilled workmen, the right materials and application to last another century.
Lime work can only be carried out in spring and summer as the lime ‘carbonates’ and hardens during the warmer weather. The elevation was sheeted in to allow this carbonation process to be controlled and ensure a successful application.
WHY DID WE USE LIME?
Small cracks in the mortar allow the rain to get in, but also allow it to evaporate and dry out.
WHAT KIND OF WORK WAS NEEDED?
The cement render was removed, the mortar in the stonework raked out and the joints repointed with lime mortar. The whole process took approximately six months.
The random rubble stonework was always intended to be rendered by ‘lime harling’ where the lime mortar mix is thrown onto the surface to make it stick better. This results in a slightly textured appearance.
WHAT ARE OUR FUTURE PLANS FOR LEVENS HALL?
Levens Hall is working with Haigh Architects to create a new Garden café and seating area, which will open at the start of the 2018 season.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by our ongoing maintenance program and hope that you understand how essential it is for us to continue the upkeep of Levens Hall for future generations.
We hope you enjoy your visit,
Richard & Naomi Bagot