Our 17th century interior walls after repointing.

living room

Much like the masonry work that was done to the exterior walls of “Our Tour”, the completed restoration and repointing of our interior walls has made a huge difference. Like the outside, the work has not only homogenized the stone and gotten rid of any cracks, it has also lighted and brightened the room. We are kinda amazed by the results.

Exposed stone wall living room before/after repointing

The professional crew also entirely restored the fireplace. The funky resin casing was replaced with new stone. The linoleum was pulled back during the process exposing the wood floors and the vintage tile hearth.

after stone work

17th century stonework after restoration and repointing

They also rehabilitated the stone niche we had found behind the plaster walls.

My beau père also prepared le terrain by wiring the electricity directly into the walls. The wires were passed under the floor boards and then through tunnels made into the wall which were later entirely concealed from the outside. Finished, only the switches and outlets will show.

Running electricity through stone wall

Passing electrical work through stone walls

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Our 17th century exterior walls after repointing

17th century tower after stone work

The outside masonry work is done and we are flabbergasted by the results. The professionals really did an amazing job rehabilitating “Our Tour”. Not only did they cut out the old joints and repoint with new mortar, they also replaced and “crossed” entire sections that were damaged or cracked. They took special attention to the stone around the windows, fitting them with newly cut pieces where necessary.

With time the new jointing will wear away a bit and darken in color, but for now “Our Tour” just seems to sparkle in the sun.

17th century tower

We also did a part of the courtyard’s wall (we’ll do the rest someday). Check out the difference in the arch below.

stone arch after masonry

Stone arch after repointing

Stone arch after repointing

The stone work on the inside main living floor has been completed as well. Just like the exterior, the change is phenomenal. I’ll post some pics soon.

Seeing “Our Tour” like this gives us so much hope for the future. After spending more than a year in just demolition work alone, we finally feel like we’re moving forward.

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Our 17th century tower undergoes a stone masonry facelift.

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The professional crew came in to repoint and joint the exterior of Our Tour’s outer tower stairwell. This facade is perhaps the oldest of Our Tour’s walls. We believe the stairwell precedes most of the home it connects.

While it was in considerably good shape for being almost 400 years old, it did need a good refreshing. The old mortar was crumbling in many places resulting in water damage to the stone and plants had been finding little cracks in which to sink their roots. Not good in general for the insulation or preservation of our very old home.

The crew came in and set up the scaffolding and started to cut into the joints from the top down. All the joints needed to be well cleaned of its old mortar before applying a new couche. The above pic shows Our Tour’s cut out work in progress (the top floor is cleaned and cut).

Then the team applied a new limestone and sand mix mortar that allows the joints to breath and absorb water in place of the stone. They also replaced all damaged stones and “crossed” them in areas where there were visible cracks.

I’ve seen the “after”, and it’s impressive. But I wanted to wait untill all the scaffolding was down to take new pics. It’s amazing how changed it looks.

 Here are some useful links about repointing stone walls:

See what our Tour looks AFTER:

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