Front of Bungalow - Remove Render + Add (Natural) Stone...

Discussion in 'Building' started by gordon.hunter, 19 Jan 2021.

  1. gordon.hunter


    11 Sep 2012
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    Evening everyone.

    I have recently received planning permission for an extension to the rear of my home.

    However the front of the property looks terrible (it is a 1938 John Lawrence bungalow).

    See attached image.

    It currently has white painted pebble dash and has seen better days. I have no interest in its upkeep nor having to paint it or patch repair it every few years. Granted it is old however I would eventually be at the same point down the road.

    The front of the property is the most weather bearing of all sides and I feel needs a hardier finish.

    I am keen on a natural stone finish at the front and white rendered sides and back where it is not so weather beaten.

    I am looking for some information as I may consider adding this as part of the renovation works at the rear.

    Some questions...

    1. As the render is not in a good state... should it be removed before adding natural stone?

    NB. I would prefer to take it back to brick and start again knowing there is a blank canvas.
    NB. Surely it would only act as an unsound base if adding straight across the top of it?

    2. Does anyone have before and after pictures of a bungalow that has been changed from render of some sort to stone?

    3. I like the look of sandstone... would this work as cladding?

    4. What building finishes typically work well in wet weather as we certainly get plenty of it?

    5. I appreciate over time exteriors degrade... what is easiest to repair / spot repair?

    6. I am considering replacing my front windows at the same time and appreciate stone cladding may build out the wall making the current windows look strange.

    7. Who are the UKs brand make / experts in domestic stone cladding?

    Please feel free to proffer any useful information.

    Kind regards, Gordon

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    Sandstone is the main type of building stone used in Scotland. Although a durable material, sandstone is also naturally porous, making it prone to erosion if subjected to water and wind over time.
  4. JP_


    17 May 2012
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  5. Id go for a self-coloured render coat myself but this is probably not the thread to talk about how much I loathe stone cladding.
  6. frutbunn


    22 Jun 2020
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    Looks like its an ancient Tartarian empire, free energy collecting, mudflooded building and the stone has melted!
    Seriously though there are people in Scotland going around filming this type of building and making these claims.
  7. ^woody^


    3 Sep 2006
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    It will look like Vera Duckworth's house.
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