Recent and current projects.
It has been quite some time since the last post but here are some photographs of some of the restorations and work undertaken since November 2017to give a flavour. More details will be posted soon.
Restoration and re-laying of the tiled entrance hall.
The former home of the Corbetts, a listed manor house in the picturesque setting of the Dysynni valley, is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment after moving to new ownership. Part of which entailed the removal, restoration and replacement of a tiled floor with a highly decorative encaustic tile border manufactured by Maws. Circa 1880's. Due to the listed status great care was taken in retaining as much of the original tiling as possible.
Following extensive cleaning and restoration the tiles were relayed ensuring they matched the pattern of the original design of the floor.
Restoration and extension of a Geometric/ Encaustic tiled hallway.
New Moston, Manchester.
The original tiling in the hall ended at the at a line at the foot of the stairs and the rear area, which had probably been tiled in the past, had been levelled with a cement render infil and covered with laminate flooring. After removal of the laminate work proceeded on the subfloor. The hall was on suspended floors above cellar spaces and this had to be taken into account with regard to flexing. There was also a stepped drop from the adjoining room to be accommodated so that both floors flowed through to one and other without a discernible drop.
There was also an area of the original tiling that had susbsided and had to be removed and repairs made to the subfloor to relevel those tiles. When the problems with the subfloor had been resolved tiling commenced.
Replica encaustic tiles that matched the originals were specially made by Craven Dunnill Jackfield and because the geometric tiles were not of a standard size, in order to match the original each tile was individually handcut.
Further work was required on repairing and replacing the tiling in the door thresholds and the original tiles were cleaned and restored. Finally protective finishes were applied to both the new and original tiling.
Restoration of a tiled fireplace.
During the refurbishment of an Edwardian period property in Llandudno a decorative tiled fireplace was discovered and was is need of some help to restore it to previous condition. The owner contacted Rieveley Ceramics and on inspection it was decided to leave the tiles where they were and carry out the restoration in situ.
Following cleaning various cosmetic repairs to damaged tiling were carried out, filling, repainting and reglazing, to bring the fire place back to its former glory.
Completion of a project in Pwllheli on the Lleyn peninsula. The work undertaken was in a privately owned residential property in an elevated position ovelooking Pwllheli with exstensive views over Cardigan Bay, that had initially been the home of a former sea Captain. The design of the Geometric/Encaustic tiled floor, made by J C Edwards of Ruabon, with its use of compass rose encaustic tiles and the nautical maritime appearance made up of pennant and flag like geometrics certainly hint at the profession of the house's original owner.
The hall tiling when originally laid had taken into account various partitions that overtime had been removed leaving something of a mish mash of tiles where quarry tiles formed the rear of the floor. The project was to unify the floor by restoring the grand entrance design and extending into the other areas.
Quarry and other incongruous tiles were carefully removed and retained with a view to future use and the geometric J C Edwards tiling taken back to a point from which the matching extension would blend in. Then following a levelling of the exposed subfloor the replica tiling was cut to size and installed to complete the extension.
Following grouting the the tiles were then treated with an impregnator and protective layers of satin finish for both protection and ease of future maintenance
Restoration of a geometric tiled floor at Middleton near Manchester. The floor is in the entrance hall of Sunny Brow Nursery School housed in a grand Victorian building with extensive grounds. The school itself is innovative in its approach to developing and teaching of young children with its highly regarded Forest School. The building was formerly the childhood house of the architect Edgar Wood known for his innovative and at the time futuristic architecture on a par with the the likes of Charles Rennie MacIntosh. Most of his buildings are listed and a large number are in Middleton.
The original tiles were made by the Hereford manufacture Godwin. They were unfortunately in a sorry state with many tiles broken and the uneven surface indicating structural problems below. Consequently, following the removal of a thick residue of coatings that had presumably been applied in an attempt to stabilise and damp proof, all the tiles were taken up to be cleaned, reclaiming as much as possible of the original tiling.
The underlying concrete/mortar was removed to reveal a brick sub floor. Following a certain amount of levelling with a quickset concrete screed a damp proof membrane was laid down and the floor was then brought up to height using a fibre reinforced cement leveller onto which the tiles would be relaid.
To retain the overall look of the original tiling the reclaimed tiles, which constitued around two thirds, were intermixed with matching replica tiles during reinstallation.
Extensions to original geometric/encaustic tiling in the hallway of a house in Colwyn Bay to take the pattern up and across a stepped area to the rear of the hall. New replica tiling that matched the original tiles were used. Step treads were put in at the top of the step and a pattern taken fron the existing door thresholds was used on the vertical surface.
Restoration and renovation work on a geometric tiled hall in a private property at Caergwrle.
Along with some damaged and dirty tiling the hallway had a sunken depression that needed to be lifted to give a level surface. Around six square metres of tiling was lifted and subsequently cleaned and refurbished in order to be put back once the underlying concrete floor had been raised. Loose and weak cement mortar was removed and the floor was raised and levelled with a cement screed. Following the addition of a de-coupling membrane the reclaimed tiles were replaced and replica tiling was used to replace other broken tiling.
October 2015 Completed restoration of a late Victorian tiled shop front and interior on the High Street, Egham, Surrey.
A former butcher's now converted into a Bar and Restaurant, grade 2 listed shop front, had suffered damage to large areas of the original tiling. Following a survey of the exterior and interior, Rieveley Ceramics manufactured replica tiling to replace the missing and badly damaged tiles.
Onsite work commenced in mid October for two weeks. The busy restaurant and bar trade were able to continue during the period of the restoration work and whilst the replica tiles were installed and the conservation work took place.
The work was completed within the specified time frame to the satifaction of both customer and the local Listed Building authorities.