Here at The Preservation Company, we’re passionate about our surroundings. Our magnificent medieval town of St Andrews is teeming with cathedrals, castles, botanic gardens and country parks, and boasts some of the most beautiful coastlines and golf courses in this part of the world.
St Andrews is also home to Scotland’s first university, founded in 1413 and still thriving today. Something we see quite a lot in our remedial work is properties that have been used as student accommodation and have, over the years, been somewhat neglected both internally and externally.
13 Greyfriars Garden was no exception to this rule. When Kevin Mullins (the current owner) bought it, this typical first and second floor St Andrews terraced property was in dire need of attention. Rainwater ingress through aging roof coverings and gutters had caused some serious internal issues. We discovered penetrating damp and wet rot to joist ends, rafters and wall strappings, and plaster damage among other problems.
Over the course of our remedial treatment, we stripped back the damaged areas, treated all remaining timbers, replaced the plasterwork and framing, renewed the lintels in concrete and made good all areas, including the traditional ornate cornicing. Now the owner can continue his refurbishment of this centrally placed character house safe in the knowledge that rainwater can cause no further damage.
“I am happy to go on record as saying that, throughout the whole process, The Preservation Company was extremely professional” summarises satisfied owner Kevin Mullins, “and the work carried out was of the highest standard.”
If you have concerns about how this wet autumn weather might be affecting your property, contact us today: we’d be happy to help.