Traditional Plasterwork

Used for centuries, lime plastering remains one of our most reliable but beautiful finishes. Our team has the skills to carry out this complex technique which can be used to great effect but only by expert application.

Harling is the technique where lime and other aggregates are mixed to a ‘slurry’ texture and applied to prepared smooth surfaces and rendering is more commonly used to cover rough areas/surfaces. Both are traditional external treatments but need expert knowledge and application. Conditions such as weather and atmosphere play a key part in these technically challenging building methods and our experience and approach ensures a perfect finish. When dry, harling and rendering is usually then painted with a lime wash to add colour for a more attractive finish.

Running in-situ needs specialist technical knowledge and expertise. Rather than using pre-cast pieces, moulds are fashioned in-situ and applied directly onto the plasterwork. This requires great skill and is used rarely these days but the craftsmanship of our team allows this to be carried out with the highest degree of professionalism.

Ashlar is a truly ancient building method wherein plaster is fashioned to look like polished stone blocks. Achieving this finish takes great skill, precision and attention to detail. At Halcyon, we have that experience, expertise and professionalism.

Other specialist plastering such as sand and lime, sand lime and horse-hair, lath and plaster and putty lime are all carried out by our time-served craftsmen.