Our Latest Developments

Just like with our various projects, we also want to keep you in the know about all the other exciting things going on at O’Brien Interiors. Whether these are new developments within the trade, or a new service that we are offering – our news page will have all the details.

We think it’s really important to build relationships with our clients, and keeping you up to date with our news, as well as interesting trade news is essential. In a constantly developing industry, keep in touch by checking out the latest news, company and industry developments and topic specific posts here.

Using Lime to Restore | Lime and Traditional Buildings

In a world where the demand for housing soars and we’re constantly looking to complete projects in less time and for less money, it’s hardly surprising that traditional lime-based construction is often overlooked.

As we’ve explored in our previous posts, working with lime is undoubtedly more labour intensive than cement or gypsum but the end product is of a far superior quality. The use of cement only became commonplace in the latter part of the 19th century, meaning that before then, lime was used to construct most, if not all buildings, many of which are still around today. As a natural resource, lime is not only much more environmentally friendly but it’s also strong, durable and breathable, meaning it adjusts well to seasonal changes.

A Matter of Lime | Five Fantastic Facts

At O’Brien Interiors, we make clear to all our clients just how beneficial working with lime-based products can be. Whilst lime isn’t always suitable for all projects, it’s certainly got its place in most, so we’ve put together a short list of our favourite lime-related facts!

Lime-based construction minimises environmental damage

A great fact to begin with! Lime products are typically much more environmentally friendly than their cement based counterparts, and will ultimately degrade in a far less damaging way. Non-hydraulic lime will eventually return to the same chemical as its primary state and old lime mortar rubble can actually be re-used as part of a new mix!

The Lime-Down | Hydraulic vs. Non-Hydraulic Lime

With a wealth of projects under our belts, our team are experts in all things lime, and work extensively with clients based in Oxfordshire and across the Home Counties. When considering using lime-based products in your project, it’s certainly not a case of ‘one lime fits all’. There are two key types of lime product, each with distinct properties that should be taken into consideration before commencing your project.

Non-hydraulic lime, or lime putty as it’s more commonly known, is produced by burning limestone, resulting in ‘quicklime’. When the dry material is mixed with water, a reaction takes place, known as ‘slacking’. The resulting moist putty is then stored until required, typically for a number of months, during which time any remaining particles will slake themselves. Once exposed to air, the putty re-absorbs carbon dioxide and can set again. Due to the porous nature of non-hydraulic lime, it is considered the most suitable product to use when working with older buildings, where breathability is of the upmost importance.

Traditional Lime Render | Doing It Right, the First Time

Here at O’Brien interiors, we are firm believers in utilising the best resources and techniques in your construction project. Based in Oxfordshire, we specialise in the use of traditional lime render and plasters, suitable for a wide array of projects, large and small. With almost all older buildings originally constructed using lime, this reliable and versatile component has proved itself time and time again to be hardy, reliable, and more importantly, environmentally conscious.

In a society in which the demand for housing is ever increasing, the use of cement and other modern materials has become commonplace, largely because they speed up the building process and require minimal preparation.  The downside of relying on these resources is a clear compromise on the quality and integrity of your build, undoubtedly resulting in problems further down the line.



O’Brien Interiors are delighted to unveil their new website, populated with lots of useful material for you to take a look at.

We think it’s really important to be able to see how a project develops over time (pictures will of course be added!). To enable you to see what we get up to, the website will be updated regularly with new projects that we are currently working on. For some information on our past projects, have a look at our portfolio which will be updating frequently.

Alex White
R P Adams Interiors Ltd
Holland Park-Private Residence - As main contractor to our clients we worked alongside O'Brien Interiors to carry out a large scale exterior restoration. O'Brien Interiors were charged with the task to remove over 200 square meters of sand and cement render and reapply a lime based render finish which they had along with the design team matched to the original specification and design. I would not hesitate to recommend O'Brien Interiors for any lime plastering works as a client or to other main contractors as the team ethic and attention to client satisfaction runs through the core of the company from top to bottom.