in apertures which are not entirely plumb perfect.
So chunks need to be sawn and chiseled out of the doorways
before the frame can be partially embedded into the wider parts
The frames are secured by using steel straps on the interior wall.
After much deliberation on how exactly to seal the spaces between frames and stone – we simply apply Lime.
A tricky and tedious job, but hopefully a breathable job, in conjunction with a water based paint on the woodwork.
Thanks to a big overhang of the roof – these windows are extremely sheltered from rainfall.
As are the walls largely protected with only the bottom one-third getting a direct hit by rain.
Since we began this restoration, the single most burning question on our minds about this cottage is – ‘Will it be dry?’
Only time can tell. Stone cottages need to be lived in, with a regular fire in the hearth to push out dampness. Before that happens we need to organise some serious drainage.