Boarding school becomes family home once more

After more than 60 years as a school Grade II Listed Moreton House in Bideford, north Devon, has been returned to family ownership. 

<noscript><img decoding=async class=size medium wp image 18162 lazyload src=httpwwwtrade decoratorcoukwp contentuploads201906MoretonCourtyard 300x200jpg alt= width=300 height=200 srcset=httpswwwtrade decoratorcoukwp contentuploads201906MoretonCourtyard 300x200jpg 300w httpswwwtrade decoratorcoukwp contentuploads201906MoretonCourtyard 768x512jpg 768w httpswwwtrade decoratorcoukwp contentuploads201906MoretonCourtyardjpg 1000w sizes=max width 300px 100vw 300px ><noscript><a> The lime rendered walls of an exterior courtyard feature Ecopro Silicate Masonry Paint in White with Light Grey on the stone window sills

The Phillips family is approximately half way into a ten year restoration project that is intended to provide a living as well as a gracious home. The 100 room property will offer both holiday apartments and function rooms.

<noscript><img decoding=async class=size medium wp image 18161 lazyload src=httpwwwtrade decoratorcoukwp contentuploads201906MoretonClubroom 300x200jpg alt= width=300 height=200 srcset=httpswwwtrade decoratorcoukwp contentuploads201906MoretonClubroom 300x200jpg 300w httpswwwtrade decoratorcoukwp contentuploads201906MoretonClubroom 768x512jpg 768w httpswwwtrade decoratorcoukwp contentuploads201906MoretonClubroomjpg 1000w sizes=max width 300px 100vw 300px ><noscript><a> In the first completed function room the Clubroom three shades of Claypaint are used Gregorys Den on the walls White Clay on the mouldings and Seagull on the ceilings

Owner Helen Phillips said: “The modifications and maintenance carried out by the school over the years have been very practical rather than focusing on the historical features or restoration.”

“Cement repairs, vinyl paints and a sprayed-on acrylic render coating had caused a lot of damp to build up inside the walls, damaging the plaster and wood. In many places we found moisture trapped behind the paint.”

Helen added: “We replaced some of the external render with lime and to cover it we needed a highly breathable paint. We didn’t want to use limewash as it needs a lot of coats and regular reapplication. Fortunately, we discovered Earthborn’s Silicate Masonry Paint system which gives the breathability the walls need and it has a much longer life.”

The Ecopro Silicate Masonry System offers a durable, easy to use alternative to limewash and conventional masonry paints. It comprises a primer and paint, which form a chemical bond with the underlying mineral substrate. The result is a very hard wearing, weather resistant barrier. It offers the same high levels of breathability as limewash but is easier to use and lasts much longer. Its stated life span is up to 15 years.

<noscript><img decoding=async class=size medium wp image 18159 lazyload src=httpwwwtrade decoratorcoukwp contentuploads201906ApartmentBathroom 300x200jpg alt= width=300 height=200 srcset=httpswwwtrade decoratorcoukwp contentuploads201906ApartmentBathroom 300x200jpg 300w httpswwwtrade decoratorcoukwp contentuploads201906ApartmentBathroom 768x512jpg 768w httpswwwtrade decoratorcoukwp contentuploads201906ApartmentBathroomjpg 1000w sizes=max width 300px 100vw 300px ><noscript><a> This holiday apartment bathroom features Rocky Horse Claypaint

Useful for any porous mineral surface such as stone, brick, concrete, render or cob, Ecopro Silicate Masonry Paint gives a classic matt finish that will not yellow with time. It even helps prevent algae growth and mould. The Phillips family used the paint on the stone window sills as well as the walls.

Internally, the walls are either lath and plaster or lime plastered stone, both of which are being repaired or renewed as necessary with lime plaster. Earthborn’s Claypaint has been specified to prevent future damp problems by ensuring the internal walls can breathe.

<noscript><img decoding=async class=size medium wp image 18160 lazyload src=httpwwwtrade decoratorcoukwp contentuploads201906Moreton Lounge 300x200jpg alt= width=300 height=200 srcset=httpswwwtrade decoratorcoukwp contentuploads201906Moreton Lounge 300x200jpg 300w httpswwwtrade decoratorcoukwp contentuploads201906Moreton Lounge 768x512jpg 768w httpswwwtrade decoratorcoukwp contentuploads201906Moreton Loungejpg 1000w sizes=max width 300px 100vw 300px ><noscript><a> Gregorys Den Claypaint evokes a relaxing atmosphere in this holiday apartment lounge

Claypaint is a unique, clay based emulsion. Its advanced technology maximises the natural properties of clay to create a high performance, highly breathable paint that covers exceptionally well and gives a distinctive, ultra matt finish.

Being free of oils and acrylics, Claypaint is virtually VOC free and does not give off any toxic emissions. That means it is safer for the health of building occupants as well as the environment. Its eco credentials include the stringent EU Ecolabel.

Claypaint is available in Earthborn’s signature palette of 72 shades, while the silicate masonry paint range has 24 colours. Bespoke colours can be developed through the nationwide network of Earthborn stockists such as Heritage Cob and Lime which supplied this project.

<noscript><img decoding=async class=size medium wp image 18164 lazyload src=httpwwwtrade decoratorcoukwp contentuploads201906MoretonVictorianWing 300x200jpg alt= width=300 height=200 srcset=httpswwwtrade decoratorcoukwp contentuploads201906MoretonVictorianWing 300x200jpg 300w httpswwwtrade decoratorcoukwp contentuploads201906MoretonVictorianWing 768x512jpg 768w httpswwwtrade decoratorcoukwp contentuploads201906MoretonVictorianWing 1024x683jpg 1024w httpswwwtrade decoratorcoukwp contentuploads201906MoretonVictorianWingjpg 1200w sizes=max width 300px 100vw 300px ><noscript><a> The Victorian wings re rendered walls were painted with Ecopro Silicate Masonry Paint in White with Light Grey on the stone window sills<br >Photos Mason Summers

 

   www.earthbornpaints.co.uk

   www.heritagecobandlime.com

   www.moretonhousedevon.com

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