Rough Cast Render Melbourne


Roughcast probably has a history as old as lime mortar itself. It was widely found on medieval buildings especially on panel timber-framed houses, but it could also be found on stone buildings.  In some cases the stone material was left proud to act as a foil for smooth features such as window surrounds and quoins. This technique was commonly seen in Scotland, not only on medieval castles and tower houses but also on post-medieval houses and stately homes. In the 19th century it became popular as a cottage ornee style. It was also included in the Tudar domestic style of architecture often seen as a background for half-timbered gables.

Rough Cast Today

Traditional roughcast is seldom used today in the building industry, although it is still possible to get it done by qualified people who are still skilled in this form. Not too many people are able to do this correctly; it truly is a dying skill. Today in Melbourne you will see this finish being applied on extensions of older homes where the walls have been extensively done in roughcast. It is also becoming popular on newer homes where only the gables are done in roughcast. In such cases, the brickwork below is left as finished brickwork. Roughcast done this way makes a lovely contrast to the external walls, giving these buildings plenty of character, something that is missing in new homes today.

Over the years C&C Webb Plastering have done many homes in rough cast.  Most of it done on older homes, but it is now becoming increasingly popular on new homes as an added feature. This is more so on buildings that have gables to show off.

(Note; All Samples of rough cast finish done by C&C Webb Plastering)

Gable below looks striking with rough cast. It certainly adds character.

(For more photos of rough cast, check out the rough cast section under the gallery page)


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