The project began
There was a large oak tree growing at a steep angle overhanging the building, which was removed in September 2015. The removal of this tree ensured the safety of the Boathouse in the future, and allowed us to improve the nearby paths which were steep and uneven due to the roots that were growing underneath them. There was a smaller oak tree nearby which has also had some maintenance work carried out on it. Both of the trees were common English Oaks, neither of which were veteran trees. The timber from the trees has been reused and recycled on site.
Conserving the Boathouse
Once the trees were down work began on the conservation of the outside of the building. Scaffolding was shipped to the site on a barge on the River Dart, and the chimney was repaired and the leadwork around it replaced. The doors and shutters have been repainted.
In October 2016 the lyme render above the plunge pool door was removed, and reinstated where it had previously fallen into a state of disrepair. The brick-style markings which you could see drawn in to the existing render have been replicated, and it has been painted.
Sorting out the Saloon
The next step was to remove the old gypsum plaster, in the Boathouse Saloon, repair the ceiling and restor the interior. The gypsum plaster was be replaced with lyme plaster, which allows the building to breathe, and a small wood burner has been installed. The Saloon is now light, bright and airy; the perfect place to take a seat and enjoy the river views.