Heritage and Listed Buildings
Specialists Decorators for Heritage and Listed Buildings
Over the years Brushcraft decorators have been entrusted with prestigious internal and external works. Our vast wealth and depth of experience for interior and exterior decoration allows us to fully appreciate the specialist requirements for properties of period and historic value. Painting lime plasters whilst maintaining the breathability of the structure whilst using traditional colours and material is a skill that takes many years to master.
We have worked on all types of listed buildings (Grade I Grade II* and Grade II)
- Grade I: These are buildings of exceptional special interest. There is only a small number of listings with this status across the United Kingdom
- Grade II*: These are high quality buildings and on the most part are unaltered, and often with an interior of special interest.
- Grade II: This is the biggest group consisting of around 95% of buildings.
When it comes to working on a listed building or a property that sits within a conservation area, it is imperative that you chose an established decorating firm that has many years of experience and expertise. We work on:
- Internal painting and refurbishment
- External painting
- External building maintenance and refurbishment
- Wallpaper hanging
Working On A Listed Building
When working on a listed building it is best to check with your local council what you can and can’t do to your property, don’t just go ahead with works and think it will be ok. This can be costly and you may have to redo the works in line the requirements of local Planning Department. Listed buildings can’t be modified without first obtaining listed building consent through the relevant local planning authority.
This means that you may not even be allowed to change the colour of the building. When working on any listed building or property of heritage any alterations or decoration should be undertaken sympathetically to its original state and or surrounding area. We have many years of experience with working with these types of properties and can help navigate you through this process.
Local authorities can if required serve a repair notice if they fell the property isn’t being preserved well enough and maintained to the standard that they would expect. If such a notice is served, it will explain what is required to be done and a timeframe to complete works. If this notice isn’t complied with the local authority could submit a compulsory purchase order to the Secretary of State.
Offering Expert Execution of Historical Paint Finishes
At Brushcraft Decorators, our experts are experience in the execution of historical paint finishes.
- Distempers – Soft and oil-bound paints for walls and ceilings
- Flat Oil Paint – A dead flat finish for use on interior woodwork, joinery and panelling
- Limewash – Used on porous plaster, render, stone and brick both internally and externally
- Traditional Paint techniques – Applied by brush to create the most authentic finishes
Over the years we have worked on many National Trust Buildings including the West Wycombe House and the Music temple within the grounds. After the initial assessment and research we were able to identify the specifications and finishes required. The damaged render was repaired using a lime based render to match the existing as closely as possible. The limewash decoration and the precise tint was proposed by Andy Watson using his many years of experience and knowledge on such projects.
If you are considering the external decoration of a historic or listed building, the following should be considered:
Does the building or surfaces need to be painted at all?
What product should be used?
Should it be oil paint, a limewash or distemper?
What colour is the most appropriate? Is planning permission needed?
Historic buildings, whether formally listed or not, were constructed with very different materials and technology to those of modern buildings. As a result, they need a completely different approach to their maintenance and general refurbishment. Solid wall construction works by using the mass of the walls to control the movement of moisture, in the form of water and water vapours, both into and away from the property to maintain a comfortable living environment. Traditional, solid walled buildings were constructed with porous materials which in effect absorb moisture during damp conditions and release them by evaporation on dry periods, allowing the building to breathe naturally.