A big apology for no update posts since June (I can’t believe it!) – its been a busy few months, luckily with plenty of new conservation projects opening up to discussion days, and good networking amongst those who have been following this blog – you haven’t been left without a helpful resource.
Thanks for your encouragement – I’ll keep going albeit a bit slow.
As usual – the updates will have the latest date next to them and the totally new posts will say (believe-it-or-not) – NEW
Chinese gate – specialist works – from start to finish (19.06.2011 no change)
Garden wall – cast iron work – lost and replaced (NEW)
Anglo Indian Bungalow – (new updates)
1) Exterior Front – updated 9.2011
2) Exterior Rear – updated to 6.2011
3) Interior Ground – view towards the Terrace. update to 6.2011
4) Interior First Floor – view towards the porch 18.5.2011
5) Roof Structure and tiles – updated 27.9.2011
6) Nice Surprises – in progress
Indian Chinese Terrace (still in progress)
4) On Top
Straits Eclectic Annex (still in progress)
1) Exterior view
Jack roof Annex
1) Exterior Views (updated 17.6.2011)
2) Interior Views (still in progress)
1) view from the terrace (updated 17.6.2011)
2) view from Stewart Lane (updated 17.6.2011)
4) bringing back the 5″ way (to be created)
1) Salt Removal – cocoon (updated 30.9.2011)
Project Documentation – update (in progress)
Just before the conservation work began, the cast iron panels inset into the Love Lane garden wall disappeared. The cast-iron grille work was made in sections. We hunted high and low to find a match but even though we found the right pattern – it would be the wrong size!. In the end we found the right size, but a different pattern – and only one piece, when we needed 16.
The project M&E contractor told us he knew of a cast-iron foundry, and took the one piece to be copied.
The cast iron panels had originally been built in the wall as the brickwork was laid, so the brickwork above, used the ironwork for support. There was no lintol to support the brickwork once the ironwork was stolen – (but it didn’t fall down – lime mortar is tough) so during the installation works we dismantled a bit and added a lintol which also secured the cast-iron panels in place.
It looks a little different with the design, but the spirit is there.
The two shophouses, seen from Stewart Lane, had been slowly decaying. All that remained were the columns,and two side walls. The facades along the five foot way were gone and the fourth wall was shared with a neighbour.
The two shop houses were not divided by a solid masonry wall as is often the case, but at one time would have had timber partitions between the support columns, creating two separate dwelling spaces, but this gave us greater flexibility for adaptation, without taking anything away.
Over time the floors were concreted over and the walls plastered with cement render. To create a sustainable repair and to conserve the original structure, the cement had to be removed – with care.
Scroll down to the botom to see how we restored and adapted the shophouses.
A lot of things to see this month, I have been working hard to update all the old progress posts and add new ones – still a way to go, so keep watching this space.
Jack roof Annex (NEW)
Chinese gate (NEW ADDITIONS – 28.4.2011)
Straits Eclectic Annex
1) Exterior view
Indian Chinese Terrace
Anglo Indian Bungalow
Project Documentation – update
The original Jack Roof Annex had been built as the new kitchen, and is now being converted into two bedrooms with bathrooms.
The building was a badly messed about over time, with door openings filled in or new ones opened up, there was little of the original wall remaining -scroll down to the very fist picture in the post.
The jack roof, and dark trusses, were its most magnificent asset, and still are. When we looked around for buildings with a similar roof design, it gave us a clue as to how this building should look.
Take a look at the progress, bottom images is the early days….top image the latest.
The Chinese Gateway, which was probably added when the bungalow came under Chinese ownership, is being conserved by specialists from China. These images give a step by step view of what they were undertaking. The most recent are on the top. This part of the conservation project was given a grant under the Think City Grants Programme, which meant the craftsmen from China could be brought it for both this and other projects around the World Heritage Site.
Unless you are old enough to see how a terracotta terrace is built ( you would have to be 100+ years old or come from Chennai (Madras). One of the best ways to learn is to record what you take apart.
Often our Chinese shop-houses have terracotta terraces over the back kitchen area, and so did Indian and Anglo-Indian buildings. St George’s Church was built with a Madras Terrace flat roof and so was Suffolk House, in both cases there was very little evidence left before conservation.
We can see that the terrace is supported on timber joists and usually ( but not in this case) battens. Then comes a layer of terracotta tiles – but after that? you can’t know until you take it apart. So here are the images of what we found.