Penrith Tile Centre has completed an extensive surface installation at Underscar Manor in Cumbria, spanning local quarry sourcing to final fixing, using a Tilemaster system.
The project formed part of an extensive renovation of the Grade II-listed country house on the Lake District’s Southern slopes. It features slate, stone and ceramics throughout bathrooms and showers, including window sills and steps. Tilemaster’s specification included Standard Set Setaflex adhesive and Grout 3000, in light and mid grey shades.
Underscar Manor is a 19th Century coach house set in forty acres of ancient woodland and parkland. The two-year renovation project commenced in early 2016 with a specification visit by Penrith Tiles’ John Williams to Coniston Quarry; a local family-run business set in National Trust land.
Materials supplied to order included Cumbrian High Tarn Slate, with Arabescato Marble, Brazilian Slate, Benjamin Grey Limestone and ceramics also forming part of the specification. All designs were carefully selected to complement the building’s heritage and create a uniform colour aesthetic in chic grey and white.
During the specification process, Penrith Tile Centre carried out concrete moisture readings, stone sealant compatibility tests, weight capacity testing and tanked all wet areas. All ancillary products - including Tilemaster adhesives and grouts, trims, waterproof membranes, decoupling membranes, stone sealants and maintenance products - were supplied by the firm, who carried out all aspects of the installation.
Tilemaster Standard Set Setaflex – a flexible adhesive with an extended pot-life – was used to fix all of the slate, stone and ceramic surfaces. The installation was then finished with Grout 3000, which has a flexible and fast-setting formulation, and very low water permeability, ideal for Underscar Manor’s bath and shower areas.
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