Ashlar stone repairs Edinburgh MAAC Studio conservation

Fine Ashlar Stonework Repairs

Ashlar stonework was designed to provide a smooth polished surface to walls. The mortar joints joists were built to be very thin, almost invisible, only a couple of millimetres wide. It required great skill and craftmanship to achieve such a high degree of accuracy.

 Insulation and heat loss in traditional stone walls MAAC Studio conservation retrofit

Insulating Masonry Walls

It may look like a plain stone wall, but the internal working of stone masonry is pretty complex. Anyone considering adding insulation to stone walls needs to tread carefully.

Skew repairs at highland property

Skews & Finials

What you see from the ground is often deceptive, its only when you get up close with a scaffold that you really get a feel for the condition of your property. Areas that looked solid from the ground have often been forgotten about for decades, while the weather has taken is toll. Often only patch repairs are carried out, to reduce costs, but this can only ever be a temporary solution.

Eventually someone will have to sort it all out.

MAAC Studio conservation architects discuss climate change and rainfall

Rain Rain Go Away...

Climate change is affecting us all , but in unexpected ways. It not all about warmer temperatures and fitting more insulation. For our traditional buildings it can be simpler and more dramatic than that.

Preparing lime mixes at St Ninians Church Glenurquhart as part of on-going architectural conservation by MAAC Studio architects Inverness

Lime Testing at St Ninian's

We had perfect weather for carrying out our field test of lime mortars this week. Our research project will advance our understanding of lime mortars and heir durability in extreme conditions. The project is being supported by Historic Environment Scotland.