Case Study: Red Mill, Reedham

Interior view out of a window in Red Mill out at the Norfolk Broads

Red Mill was originally known as Reedham Ferry drainage mill which was built in the 1840s with common sails to drive a single scoop wheel and was brought to wind with a tail pole. In the 1890's the millwrights England modernised the machinery and fitted double shuttered patent sails. The Norfolk boat shaped cap held a fantail.

In the 1950's the mill, then derelict, was purchased and turned into a sunny residence.

More recently the Mill was purchased by Laura and John, a young couple whose wish was to turn it into a unique, quirky home, set in a stunning location.

The mill was covered in an impervious, damaging cement render and painted red with a modern, non-breathable masonry paint. The effect of this was to trap high levels of moisture in the brickwork, making the interior damp and cold.

The owners wanted to do the right thing for the building, so set about the long, hard labour of love that was hand stripping it all back to the original red brick, internally and externally.

Best of Lime were contacted by Laura and John to come up with suitable products to reinstate the external lime render and internal lime plaster.

After visiting the site, it was decided that externally, the mill needed Rendercote, a robust lime render developed for high exposure masonry. Internally, the dubbing out and base coat would be insulated Warmcote, with a Limecote finish to give a visually soft look.

Maltby Plastering Ltd, traditional lime plasterers, were chosen to carry out the project.

Internally, Laura and John wanted to contrast the soft curves of the Limecote with a hint of the industrial origins of the mill, so checker plate steel was used for sills and the staircases, to give a great visual effect.

Externally, the Rendercote is trowel finished smooth, expertly applied by the Maltby Team on a difficult continuous curve.

The finished work was decorated with the breathable, low carbon Graphenstone system.

Overall a very satisfying project to be involved in, from a poorly functioning, damp shell to a very smart, warm, dry comfortable and unique home in a beautiful location.

To find out more about Best of Lime's products and their applications to your build, contact us today.

Wide shot of the Norfolk Broads from scaffolding at Red Mill


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Just wanted to say how fantastic your patchcoat product was to use. We have an 18th century farmhouse that we are renovating and after old skirting was removed, large patches of plaster and some brick surface came away. Put patchcoat on yesterday and it looks fantastic. So easy to mix and handle, was able to build up a broken corner by hand and mould to shape, yes still easy to put a skim coat on the shallower areas. Plus two litres of filler for £9.50 is incredible value. Will definitely be getting another tub of this as we move through the house, would use it over any other filler without hesitation. Thank you.

Peter Howie
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"Limecote and Warmcote are ideal products for use on timber framed buildings and low strength substrates with their excellent flexibility, bond, and light weight compared to sanded plasters. Being dry bagged makes it easy to transport and store, with the added advantage of being able to adjust the mix to suit thin or very thick coats without compromising the product, or the quality of the finished work."

Roy Cafferty
Traditional Plastering Services
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Murray Smith

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