Restoring an historic home with new generation flooring
If you were to encapsulate what defines and differentiates Lapicida, it would have to be the unique partnership of traditional artisan stonemasons working alongside technicians operating advanced stone-working equipment. It’s this unusual melding of time-honoured stonemasonry and high-tech process that sets Lapicida apart, enabling them to offer both natural stone and stone-alternative products for virtually any situation and budget.
OLD CHURCH, ULLSWATER
To demonstrate this, let us take a look at a recent restoration project in the Lake District that shows how happily new and old can work together. ‘Old Church’ is an idyllic house set on the shore of Ullswater, Cumbria. The site dates from around the year 500AD and the house, as it stands today, was largely built in the Regency period.
Catastrophic local flooding over the winter of 2015/16 damaged much of the ground floor of the house and restoration has been ongoing ever since then. Lapicida was asked to advise and supply new floors in keeping with the original features of the house, but with the ability to withstand future flooding.
ENTER NEW-GENERATION PORCELAINS
High-tech materials are now capable of creating perfect facsimiles of natural materials, from stone, metal and marble to cement and timber. Thin, light and extraordinarily durable, this new generation of high performance porcelain surfaces can be the ideal solution for a wide range of projects. Lapicida’s exceptional porcelains work perfectly alongside their classic natural stone products, offering exciting new design options. Easy to install, they are also non-porous and entirely maintenance-free. It’s easy to understand their attraction.
The dining room at Old Church now has a Versailles Panel Dark (above left) porcelain floor which is a perfect reproduction of an antique parquet wooden floor laid in the traditional Versailles pattern.
Likewise, Lapicida’s Villasse Sand (above right) porcelain is laid extensively throughout the ground floor, giving the aged appearance and feel of an ancient limestone. The hallway is laid with Verbier, another completely authentic timber-look porcelain with all the complex colours, details and the textures of natural wooden floorboards.
SEAMLESSLY COMPLEMENTING STONE
These three new porcelain floors, all with mellow ‘aged’ finishes, look perfectly at home in the historic surroundings of Old Church. They also meld seamlessly with Genuine Antique English Reclaimed limestone flagstones in the boot room, another product for which Lapicida is well-known. Together, they offer a hardwearing, high-performance solution to an historic house which is now looking to the future.
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