Galvin’s cottage in Cardrona was built in 1863 by Paddy Galvin, one of the original settlers of this early Gold Mining Town. Following a building survey by Heritage specialists Origin Consultants, Ben was called in to restore and re-plaster the exterior of this tiny historic cottage. The fragile earth walls had been damaged partly by the use of hard and brittle cement plasters. The hydraulic lime plaster will protect from the elements while allowing the structure the structure to ‘breathe’, essential for this type of construction; moisture must be allowed to permeate out of the structure. Ben patched the delicate earth walls with local clay-cob where necessary and then hand plastered the walls with NHL 3.5 hydraulic lime plaster. This, in addition to an annual coat of lime wash should help the cottage see out the century: its new life as a holiday ski cottage is just beginning.
Photos courtesy of Barry Hastings