Walls and ceiling repairs
All of the walls in this area have been painted in the past with modern plastic paints, so the question arose around restoring the original breathability of the walls and whether to attempt to strip them back.
The walls that are entirely internal both sides are not a problem. The walls that have an external face are also under verandahs and rarely if ever get wet apart from very occasional condensation during very cold nights or days with heavy mist around. There is a slate damp course in the walls to inhibit rising damp. Generally, the climate is considered dry. The only slight evidence of damp affected timbers has been the small area midway along the external wall where the under floor vent is level with the floor.
So the question is answered: the walls in this area will be repaired for cracks etc and then repainted as they stand. They will not be returned to their original condition of lime plaster and milk paint.
The only patching in this room is where the plaster came away over a loose nailing block, discovered when the window jamb extension on that side was removed for refurbishment. I stapled steel mesh to the end of the block to key the render.
31. Patch over window nailing block
Apart from the small area of render lost next to the refurbished window there are a few hairline cracks, most notably above where the doorway that had been closed off. Except for a small area, the plaster appears to be solid with no hollow-sounding areas. These cracks will be opened up and filled.
There are old repaired ceiling cracks that have been painted over and not re-emerged. One or two very fine hairline cracks are evident but generally the ceiling and walls show very little sign of movement.
32. Cracks opened up for repair
33. Cracks over doorway repaired