When you find the French property of your dreams, but realise that the stone work is looking tired and not making the most of its’ beautiful features then we can help.
Original stonework is an important feature of many properties across France and is often one of the reasons we fall in love with a house. Restoring it to its former glory is not as difficult as you may think, as we have an experienced team of qualified masons who can restore or build with the following materials: brick, building stones (including marble, granite and travertine), limestone, cast stone, concrete blocks, glass blocks and cob. They use only the best materials and with our extensive knowledge of the local area, we can ensure that the newly renovated property reflects the heritage of the region and will be somewhere which you will enjoy living in. In the photos you can see how one of our current projects is progressing and is near to completion.
One way of revitalising old stones and creating positive impact is by using sandblasting and repointing, either internally within the home or outside for example with an exterior building or a garden wall. This could be by creating a new feature wall or by renovating an existing structure. Sandblasting involves projecting fine particles of sand at a surface and is the most effective way of restoring stone work and removing years of grime and soot. It’s also important not to underestimate the value of repointing. Mortar can account for around 15% of the surface area of a wall and is vital for preventing leaks and damp.
We understand the need to pay careful attention to the original features of the property, providing you with sound advice and guidance on how to renovate your home in a way that is in-keeping with the local area but also meets the requirements of modern day living. Over the years we have managed many projects that can appear to be impossible – and delivered great results for our clients. If you have a property that is in need of some care and attention – contact us and we’ll be pleased to discuss it further.
Kiwi Construction delivers professional expertise, exceptional customer service and quality construction to all its’ clients covering the Biarritz, the Pays Basque and Landes departments.
Grant & Joeline Norris
+33 (0)5 58 55 35 22 / +33 (0)6 03 15 53 31