Friday, August 5, 2011

Art Deco Houses

Art Deco houses are, on the whole, quite rare things. The Art Deco movement was chiefly between the mid 1920’s and the outbreak of the second world war….  Public buildings such as cinemas, concert halls, even factories, were built in the art deco style, but not so many houses.

We are proud to be part of keeping history alive and the tiny contribution we make to the upholding of the art deco movement in general, although we have been involved in other art deco house projects previously, including advising on the exterior wall finish for a well known TV property show on Channel 4. We carry out the full set of remedial works on Art Deco houses, first removing the flaking paint and curing any damp in the walls as a priority.

After preparing a house, We then masked up the windows and protected all the lawned areas and shrubs, and applied a bonding cement slurry, known in the trade as ‘bagging’ or ‘bag rubbing’, which effectively acts as a wall stabiliser, plus consolidates and repairs any loose or missing pointing mortar joints. We then hand apply Andura primer to the walls, and then spray applied a coating of Andura tex gard textured masonry coating to the walls. After all the masking is removed, our teams carefully repaint the original windows with a specially matched burnt orange colour.