Limewash is made from crushed limestone mixed with water to a consistency of putty. The material is aged, then thinned with more water. Pigments can be added, but the color palette is narrow: white and soft earth tones. When applied to brick, the wash is absorbed, providing a protective coating that breathes, so moisture isn’t trapped within the brick or mortar. Additionally, thanks to its mineral origins, limewash is a natural fungicide and repels insects.
Because limewash is organic, it will fade over time and may need to be reapplied after five years to maintain the original depth of color. Unlike paint, however, limewash won’t chip or peel, so wear isn’t obviously apparent.
Coming from a house that was stone and Hardiplank, the Buzzeos wanted their new house to stand out. That happened quickly, says Holtz & Son foreman Casey Crawley, who says he noticed passersby pausing to admire the project as it was underway.
“I guarantee you that people have stopped to see the change,” he says, adding that the Buzzeos’ choice of a black-brown trim makes a bold statement.
“The contrast is amazing,” Crawley says.
Carol Hudson, H.J. Holtz & Son project manager, says the Buzzeos’ choice of the dark trim takes the house from attractive to stunning. “I love seeing the transformation,” Hudson says.
The Buzzeos’ daughter has planned a fall wedding for the backyard, overlooking the river. It was important to the family, Tracy says, that the house be ready for the big day.
“I had heard from others that if you want a job done right, call [H.J] Holtz [& Son],” she says. “They were particular and did a great job. They were awesome.”