Lime Works - using lime in traditional & new buildings


Patrick McAfee

Regular price €35.00

Published by The Building Limes Forum of Ireland, 2009                                       Paperback, 216 pages 

Lime Works is an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand and easy-to-use guide to the many uses of lime in building, including repairs of historic structures and new buildings. 

A traditional building material used throughout the island for many hundreds of years, lime was almost abandoned during the latter part of the twentieth century in favour of mortars and plasters made from cement. As its practical and aesthetic advantages became more widely recognised, recent years have witnessed a revival in its appreciation and use. 

Aimed at the Building Owner, the Practitioner (Stonemason, Bricklayer and Plasterer) and the Specifier, Lime Works is highly illustrated with many contemporary images and line drawings, with numerous cross-references which offer the reader easy access to all sections. Previous technical knowledge is not necessary, as the question-and-answer format leads the reader through the processes clearly and comprehensively. 

Lime works explains why lime is important when repairing historic buildings and in new-build,. It also addresses the environmental benefits of using lime - an issue which has seen a growing interest in its use as a sustainable building material. 

The Author

Patrick McAfee is unrivalled in the depth of his experience and expertise in working with, and teaching and writing about, the use of lime in Ireland. A stonemason and instructor who travels the worls, he is the author of Irish Stone Walls and Stone Buildings