Plain faced ashlar, imitation blockwork

Many of the building facades we work with are finished to mimic the appearance of large stone blocks. Our finish coats are hand applied over a levelled substrate and the surface is rubbed up with wooden floats to create an even, exposed aggregate with subtle texture and movement

Fine lines are formed with a straight edge and a small tool to cut out the mortar joints, creating the look of large blocks of polished stone

This was a popular and economical way of finishing a building, ordinary clay bricks could be coated in this manner and presented as monolithic structures

Many buildings of this style are finished with paint but by matching the sand and aggregate to resemble natural stone or colouring with copperas the ashlar can be left unpainted

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