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Removing Hideous Stone Cladding

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We've seen a perfectly good Victorian house - except for the cladding. Whoever was deranged enough to clad it also put in vile replacement windows, but they're a minor alteration by comparison.

Obviously the price of the house is significantly below what it would be otherwise, and I suspect the vendors will be open to fairly cheeky offers.

Has anyone removed stone cladding? I've been googling and do realise this is a job for the pros and will probably cost a few K, and the brickwork will be bound to be damaged and probably need rendering/painting afterwards.

However, it would look a million times nicer afterwards.

This is in SW London. Any advice/info would be appreciated.

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We've seen a perfectly good Victorian house - except for the cladding. Whoever was deranged enough to clad it also put in vile replacement windows, but they're a minor alteration by comparison.

Obviously the price of the house is significantly below what it would be otherwise, and I suspect the vendors will be open to fairly cheeky offers.

Has anyone removed stone cladding? I've been googling and do realise this is a job for the pros and will probably cost a few K, and the brickwork will be bound to be damaged and probably need rendering/painting afterwards.

However, it would look a million times nicer afterwards.

This is in SW London. Any advice/info would be appreciated.

No personal experience, but I believe it's usually a nightmare underneath. If it's a semi / terraced house, what's on the rest of the terrace? If detached, a few hundred splashed on an architect / designer might give you cheaper ideas to improve the appearance. (ivy, Russian vine / mock tudor gables.......)

Once, in Scotland, I saw a pebbledashed caravan :o

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No personal experience, but I believe it's usually a nightmare underneath. If it's a semi / terraced house, what's on the rest of the terrace? If detached, a few hundred splashed on an architect / designer might give you cheaper ideas to improve the appearance. (ivy, Russian vine / mock tudor gables.......)

Once, in Scotland, I saw a pebbledashed caravan :o

It's a terrace and the houses on either side are in good condition with good brickwork. So I don't imagine it was done to cover anything up - some poor deluded person just thought it'd be an 'improvement'.

Wouldn't mind spending a few K - given the price differential between this one and similar un-clad, it'd be worth it.

If it could scrub up nicely, that is.

However all a mite academic at the moment - I'm looking of behalf of daughters and they haven't even seen it yet.

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http://www.back2brick.co.uk/

There seems to be a small industry doing this. I will be very interested to hear how you get on.

Thanks v much for the link - didn't find that one when I googled.

I had originally rejected the house outright at first because of the cladding - of course there had to be a reason why it was so relatively cheap!

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Has anyone removed stone cladding?

This is in SW London.

hi, yes. i once removed some stone cladding and underneath it was more stone cladding. we chipped through that only to find more stone cladding. this was in NW so probably completely different to SW london.

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The underlying stone work was probably in poor condition before the cladding was put on which is probably the reason they put it on in the first place. If the cladding was fixed on with poor quality mortar like OPC (which it usually is) then the acids in this would have deteriorated the stonework further at an accelarated rate.

If the original stonework was coarse rubble then you can get away with it looking fairly rough so the cost wouldnt be too high. If it was fine ashlar then it will look poor unless a significant amount of repairs are done to restore this finish.

Personally, i wouldnt bother with trying to restore the old stonework if it requires huge amounts of work and expense. I would rip the cladding off then cover the whole thing with a lime wet dash finish which can be coloured to your preference.

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This is in SW London. Any advice/info would be appreciated.

Get as far away from London as you can.

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I bought a house with stone cladding in 1988 when it was very much in fashion.

A few week AFTER smoving in I pulled up outside and it suddenly dawned on me. My house was the only one in the street with stone cladding. Why on Earth had I bouht such a hideous mess?

Within a week it was all off. A big club hammer and a chisel was enough. Fortunately the cladding had been put on with a dollop of mortar in each corner. I soon developed the knack of finding the weak spot and chipping away.

At first it looked quite weird because the bricks were a different shade to my neighbour's house. Within a year they had faded back to normal.

Would I consider buying another house with stone cladding? No! Not in a million years!!!

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I bought a house with stone cladding in 1988 when it was very much in fashion.

A few week AFTER smoving in I pulled up outside and it suddenly dawned on me. My house was the only one in the street with stone cladding. Why on Earth had I bouht such a hideous mess?

Within a week it was all off. A big club hammer and a chisel was enough. Fortunately the cladding had been put on with a dollop of mortar in each corner. I soon developed the knack of finding the weak spot and chipping away.

At first it looked quite weird because the bricks were a different shade to my neighbour's house. Within a year they had faded back to normal.

Would I consider buying another house with stone cladding? No! Not in a million years!!!

House down the road from my parents had horrible grey gladding on the end, made it look like the end was built out of cheap, ugly concrete. The guy seemed to spend ages chipping it off to reveal the original stonework underneath. Looked far better. It wasn't even the side of the house that got the prevailing weather (could understand if that had been rendered).

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Noodle specialises in sympathetic building works...

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Actually heres a cladding removal I did earlier.

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I read somewhere that the stone cladding is to be removed from the Duckworth's house in Coronation Street.

Not heard this one..builders tried to do this a couple of years ago in the programme,but Jack was told it was ruining the bricks underneath,so he stopped them.

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