No doubt about it, damp is both intrusive and ugly as well. Following a discussion with Neighbourhood Construction, I made the move to borrow some tools and get started on removing the gypsum from the troubled areas in the kitchen.
Plastering with lime is often portrayed as very complex and difficult process, however this workshop proved to me that everyone can learn. Having never plastered myself before, after two days of learning and practising, I gained some good understanding and the confidence to plaster in my own home.
The evidence-led approach provides a clear understanding of why, how, what and where the house is reacting in this way. Looking at things in context, short medium and long term also, makes you think about future ownership of this house and how I could make a more positive contribution as part of its history.