The first coat of the lime render has been applied on all facades now so the overall appearance of the house is close to the finished product. The render has unified the masonry and you can read more clearly the windows and doors. Although it does look almost new, the subtlety of the render and the variation created by the old lime technique create a soft and warm texture; it is not flat the way modern renders are. It will also gain patina more easily.
The render will be left to dry for a month before applying the finishing coat so that it has time to settle. This will avoid the risk of cracks.
Traces of damp show where the walls are still drying after years of being exposed to the elements; this is particularly true of the lean-to where the roof had collapsed a decade ago so that water had penetrated from the top. You can see quite clearly though that the damp patches are decreasing and the sunny, hot weather is ideal for this at the moment.
To further dry the walls, we will be installing ground drainage around the perimeter of the whole house which will dry the ground near the foundations and thus reducing the damp that might rise by capillarity into the walls.
Inside, the first fix is almost finished and insulations and dry lining going a pace. The rooms are starting to feel like the finished spaces. You can already start to feel how well insulated the building is.