S. Stephens Plastering is a Somerset based company that deals with all aspects of traditional and modern plastering, including lime render, lime plaster, lime pointing, eco plastering, skimming, cement render and more.

I pride myself on high quality workmanship at an honest price. I give every job my full attention, no matter how big or small, whether that’s skimming one ceiling or lime rendering an entire manor house.

I cover the whole of the South West and can also travel further if required, including to London and the South East. To find out more, phone me on 07989 159 391 or drop me an email

About me

My name is Sam Stephens and I set up S. Stephens Plastering to provide high quality traditional and heritage plastering services at an honest price. I am clean and meticulous in my work but my business overheads are low so I am able to reflect this in my prices.

I have years of experience working in new builds but specialise in working on traditional properties using lime plaster and mortars as well as historic, heritage and Eco plasters. I enjoy working closely with my clients to achieve a result that is appropriate and loved by both the client and the building.

I am a hard working family man and I enjoy every aspect of plastering, from advising on the appropriate type of plaster, to skimming plasterboard, to making a stone wall look beautiful with organic curves and rounded corners. I especially enjoy the creative side of plastering, such as creating coins on the side of buildings, building mullion windows out of plaster, or anything particularly detailed and artistic.

Why lime?

My approach is simple – it is important to use the right material for the type of building in order to allow the building to work as it should, whether that’s an NHL lime (naturally hydraulic lime), a putty lime or an Eco plaster.

Clients often choose modern materials having been advised that lime is a purely aesthetic choice. In fact it’s often a necessary one. Many modern buildings are designed to provide a watertight seal against the outside world. But older buildings have withstood the elements for hundreds of years with the help of lime – because it allows them to breathe. Lime absorbs and releases moisture easily. Impermeable modern plasters can trap moisture and cause untold damage to the building fabric – damage which costs far more to repair than using the right material in the first place.

There are other benefits to living in a permeable building. Humid rooms help complaints like asthma and eczema, and a comfortable environment reduces condensation and mould growth.

I take great pride in being able to understand traditional buildings, which helps when it comes to knowing what the right materials are, when’s the right time to apply the next coat, how wet the building is and how well it is drying. These are skills learnt over time and thanks to a thorough knowledge of the materials used.

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My services

Materials

S. Stephens Plastering - Lime render
Lime render

Lime render
Breathable material used externally, soaking up moisture then allowing it to evaporate

S. Stephens Plastering - Lime top coat
Lime top coat

Lime top coat
Lime-rich material used internally for a smooth, pristine finish

S. Stephens Plastering - Limecrete
Limecrete

Limecrete
Lightweight, breathable alternative to concrete

S. Stephens Plastering - Glaster
Glaster

Glaster
A blend of lime and recycled glass, reducing demand for sand and in a range of finishes from fine to course

S. Stephens Plastering - Clay plaster
Clay plaster

Clay plaster
Alternative to lime with unique aesthetic properties

S. Stephens Plastering - Hemp and lime
Hemp and lime

Hemp and lime
Addition of hemp improves strength, flexibility and thermal insulation

S. Stephens Plastering - Gypsum one-coat
Gypsum one coat

Gypsum one coat
Gypsum dries much faster than lime but is only suitable for modern impermeable buildings. One coat allows for quick shaping work

S. Stephens Plastering - Gypsum skim
Gypsum skim

Gypsum skim
Gypsum dries much faster than lime but is only suitable for modern impermeable buildings. Achieves a super smooth, clean, quick finish

S. Stephens Plastering - Cement render
Cement render

Cement render
In certain circumstances cement render can be the right choice for modern impervious exteriors

S. Stephens Plastering - Lime putty
Lime putty

Lime putty
The base material for all internal lime plasters

S. Stephens Plastering - NHL lime
NHL lime

NHL lime
The base material for hard wearing external lime renders

Finishes

S. Stephens Plastering - Flat render
Flat render

Flat render
A smooth finish achieved with a fine top coat

S. Stephens Plastering - Rough cast
Roughcast

Roughcast
A courser finish where lime is mixed with small stones, sometimes shells, before application

S. Stephens Plastering - Thin coat render
Thin coat render

Thin coat render
The lime plaster is applied so that the shape of the stones or building materials beneath can still be made out

S. Stephens Plastering - Ashlar lines
Ashlar lines

Ashlar lines
Lines are carved out of the wet plaster top coat to give the impression of large blocks

S. Stephens Plastering - Tyrolean
Tyrolean finish

Tyrolean finish
Similar in appearance to roughcast, a Tyrolean finish is a decorative finish achieved by using a spray gun to apply the paster

S. Stephens Plastering - Lime putty
Pointing

Pointing
A soft putty mix is applied between stonework or masonry blocks

Details

S. Stephens Plastering - Rough cast
Coins

Coins
Plaster is applied, built and shaped to achieve the appearance of corner stone blocks

S. Stephens Plastering - Mullion windows
Mullion windows

Mullion windows
Plaster is applied, shaped and built up to create a difficult-to-achieve clean and straight division between window panes

S. Stephens Plastering - Plaster curves
Curves

Curves
Achieving a smooth and even curved wall is a particular skill that requires years of practise and knowledge

S. Stephens Plastering - Ashlar lines
Ashlar lines

Ashlar lines
Only the most experienced plasterer can create dead straight, even and clean lines and shadow gaps

S. Stephens Plastering - Ashlar lines
Window details

Window details
An artistic eye is required to create visually balanced and pleasing plasterwork around a building's windows

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Completed projects

Welham, Leicestershire

Having bought this large period house and stripped the wallpaper off, the clients found the wall to be in pretty poor condition with lumps, bumps and joins visible between old and new plasterwork. Having inspected the walls, we discovered that rather than needing to take it back to the original stonework, it would be more appropriate to simply apply a breathable lime top coat to create a smooth and consistent surface for painting.

Wolverhampton, West Midlands

In this period cottage in Wolverhampton two mullion windows had fallen apart over time, simply due to their age. On the first window, some original plasterwork was salvageable and so we left it in place and married the new plasterwork into it. On the second there was nothing left to save so the window was completely rebuilt. A lime putty three-coat system was used comprising of a scratch coat, a float coat, and a top coat.

Batcombe, Somerset

At this period cottage in Batcombe, Somerset, the original lime pointing had failed after suffering many years of weathering. It had also been inadequately patched up in places with unbreathable cement which was inappropriate for the building and needed removing. The cement and original pointing was pecked out the the correct depth and the walls repointed using NHL (naturally hydraulic lime) along with a course and fine sand mix.

Cob Cottage, Wiltshire

This ancient thatched cottage in Wiltshire had been plastered using unbreathable cement plaster. It had metal mesh nailed to it with the plaster on top, leading to extreme dampness and causing large portions of the cob (a mixture of mud and straw) to fail. We removed the mesh and plaster and repaired the cob with a soft putty mix of sand and chalk where needed. Chunks of cob crumbling away were daubed out and rebuilt. The cottage was then rendered with a soft lime putty mix over three coats.

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Customer comments

“Sam did extensive work on the renovation of my cottage including plastering, rendering, floor levelling and damp-proofing. His work was of good quality at a fair price. I would use him again for similar work.”

— Douglas, Oakhill

“Sam has done lime work for us over several years. This spring he lime pointed our walled vegetable garden walls and they look great. We are very pleased with the work he has done. Sam is a pleasure to have around and worked diligently to achieve the colour of pointing and look we wanted. At last our plants can grow with a healthy wall behind them!”

— Dave and Ali, Shepton Mallet

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Contact me

If you’d like a free no-obligation quote, to chat through your requirements, or to see more of my portfolio, please call or email me.

07989 159 391

sam@sstephensplastering.co.uk

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