The London Stonemasonry team revitalised a terraced home by restoring and decorating its bay window and front door surround. We recreated original architectural features, including replacing the doorway header stone. We are pleased to have played a part in the homeowner’s wider restoration of the property. Location: Borthwick Road, Stratford, East London, E15.
This project involved a comprehensive restoration of the bay window and front door surround. The challenge was not just to repair, but to recreate the original elegance and charm of the property.
London Stonemasonry began by building and installing a new lead roof for the bay window. Lead was chosen for its durability and aesthetic appeal.
The stone elements of the bay window had been stripped back quite aggressively over the years so our next task was to recreate the clean vertical lines of the bay’s stone mullions. Mullions are the vertical bars that separate each individual window within the bay.
The corbels that support the bay window sills were also sharpened up, as were the edges to the stone door surround and the door header corbels.
We used a combination of filling and sanding back to recreate the clean vertical lines on the door surround and bay. This required a deep understanding of the original architecture and a high level of skill to ensure the restored features matched the original ones.
Once the majority of the works were carried out, we then left site for a few days to allow the new front door to be installed.
Before and after photo of the terraced house exterior renovation
Pictured: Before and after photo of the exterior renovation in Stratford, East London
We returned to replace the door header stone with our newly carved bath stone section. Earlier, we’d templated the header stone of a neighbouring property to ensure the design would be period-correct.
Next, we capped the door surround in lead. This provides a waterproof seal to protect the stone beneath, and creates a visually appealing finish that matches the new lead roof of the bay window.
The final stage was to complete the painting and decoration of the bay window and stone door surround.
The homeowners were really pleased with the renovated exterior of their house. It was an important step in the wider restoration project of the entire property.
More photos of the renovation
Pictured: The new stone header in the doorway by London Stonemasonry
Pictured: The renovation from another angle
Pictured: A wider view of the terrace house exterior renovation by London Stonemasonry