Once the repairs are completed, the area was off limits to staff while the floor was being stained. Using traditional waterstains with a twist, the antique oak strip floor was aged and given a silvery sheen.
We allways work with the grain and keep neat, to give the best finish possible.
Whist this antiquet oak strip floor is being stained, we have masked up the skirting areas.
When we gain access to blueprints for the finalised Ground Floor, we learn that the finished room will be divided between Parquet floors and tiles. We set out markers for the floor and begin to restore and replace any Parquet that is damaged. We cordon off the area while this is happening, as while we’re wearing Dust Masks, other people on site may not be. Our Sander is equipped with an inbuilt Vacuum cleaner, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. The final sand is then covered with boards to protect it from foot-traffic until we can return to put the finish on the floor.
The ground floor of Mortimer House is Parquet, and differs from the other floors in the building. It called for different treatment, and a different finish. We spoke with the client and narrowed down his request to the different finishes set out below. We again sanded the area back to ensure the finish was as accurate to the final product as possible.
We sought to replace much of the damaged flooring across all Six levels of the building. The Client informed us that he wanted the floor to be kept as authentic as possible, retaining as much of the character that it had built up over many decades. However, certain boards were irreparably damaged and could not be safely left in. We removed these boards and replaced them with carefully selected reclaimed boards that met our specifications. Though they once had a different finish to the existing floor, several passes with a Sander make it impossible to tell what’s original and what’s replaced.
We began work at Mortimer House by obtaining numerous permits and certifications clearing us work on such a site, including an Asbestos Awareness course and undergoing SSSTS training.
We set about sanding down a small area of a floor and applying a number of finishes to it to allow the client an understanding of what the floor would look like when completed. These samples included a variety of water-based lacquers and Oil finishes.
A 6 step procedure including ionised water and cleaning by hand allows us to achieve this beautiful finish. The difference is notable both up-close as well as from the floor, many dozens of metres below.
With the scaffolding secure and in place we can work on the ceiling much easier. We worked alongside some painters and were careful not to overlap. Great care was taken, as even with the scaffolding a fall or accident could happen.
Decorative gold Gilding covered much of the ceiling of this Cathedral. We obtained permits, as well as completing Risk Assessment and Method Statements (RAMS), ensuring we understood and were able to minimise the risks of working so far above the ground.