Exposing natural stone walls

Joined
15 Feb 2015
Messages
1
Reaction score
0
Location
Tyne and Wear
Country
United Kingdom
Hi! My house is a stone built cottage - built in 1872 - I'm thinking about exposing the stone wall in a bedroom and was wondering if anyone else has done this (and if they'd recommend it!) ? I know it'll be a messy job, which I don't mind but I think I may have a problem with rising damp (which I can hopefully get sorted out) but just wondering if it cause more problems for us. Any help would be appreciated as I can't seem to find anything on the net!

Cheers!
 
Sponsored Links
Joined
15 Feb 2015
Messages
1
Reaction score
1
Location
London
Country
United Kingdom
Hi - I had beautiful exposed stone walls in a holiday home I owned. They create a lot of dust, so you need to seal them somehow, bearing in mind that if they can't breathe that may create other problems re. dampness etc.

Good luck!
 
Joined
13 Sep 2008
Messages
3,363
Reaction score
571
Location
Somerset
Country
United Kingdom
Exposing the stone won't create a damp problem, but it's likely that the stonework is probably better covered up. It's a bit like people in the future exposing the rough brickwork or thermalite blockwork on the inside walls.
I do know people who have done what you are thinking about in their lounge and really like it, but they don't really understand what good quality stonework is.
 
Sponsored Links
Joined
25 Feb 2005
Messages
1,416
Reaction score
206
Country
United Kingdom
I have exposed the upper part of my dining room, the stones, I pointed in lime mortar and it looks great. I sand blasted the stones after I hacked of the plaster, but as it was a garage, the stones were very dirty with 200 years of grime on them. If your stones have always been plastered (with lime!), then an acid based brick cleaner will work well.
In the end I put on it two coats of some "patio" varnish, it did darken the stones a bit and the mortar a lot , but its was worth while.
Frank
 

DIYnot Local

Staff member

If you need to find a tradesperson to get your job done, please try our local search below, or if you are doing it yourself you can find suppliers local to you.

Select the supplier or trade you require, enter your location to begin your search.


Are you a trade or supplier? You can create your listing free at DIYnot Local

 
Top