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Friday, 27 July 2012

New advice service from Eco Home Centre

Eco Home Centre specialises in eco refurbishment of properties in and around SE Wales. We have been helping people with their homes for over a decade and we know that we have a lot of advice to offer homeowners / tenants / landlords about their houses.

We see mistakes being made all the time: the wrong materials being used; poor workmanship; inappropriate and often un-necessary work being undertaken; low cost, but high maintenance options being taken; etc. It is so depressing that people are wasting their money on this work. After all people generally want things done correctly and for the good of them and the house. However, they get poor advice from builders, surveyors and architects because these professions are not trained in older buildings, their structures, materials and their subsequent requirements.

This is where Eco Home Centre comes in, as we have a decade of experience in reading a house and diagnosing it. After all, the terraces of Wales all have over 100 years of history playing on them as well as their original structures. They have seen years of weathering,  'improvements', DIY, extensions, changing fashion etc all of which have affected them. Finding the right path for the house is therefore more complicated than you might think. Every house is different and that means that you need a personalised plan if you are to make your home more sustainable.

At Eco Home Centre we believe that sustainable refurbishment is about doing work correctly. This means that you have to find materials, equipment, systems etc that work with the existing structure in a way that does not compromise its future performance, whilst maintaining a balance between finances, the wider environment and also social considerations (like health, light, air quality, family interaction etc).

So at Eco Home Centre we have a service where we come out to visit you in your home, spend some time finding out your priorities etc and the structure of the house and any associated problems. We then write up the conclusions and provide you with a report to use with your builders / architect so that they get it right.

This service can save you lots of time, hassle and money. Nothing worse that spending a lot of money on doing things that will just provide you with stress and extra expense into the future. Better to spend some more time on preparation and get it right first time!

If you are interested in this service we now have time during the week, but also in the evenings and weekends, to come over and plan out a great refurbishment plan with you.

Contact Peter on 02920373094 or to book an appointment.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Unifying mixed surfaced walls

Old walls can have a right old mix of surfaces on them - some old lime, some newer gypsum, paint, filler .... Trying to get an even coat of a plaster or paint over the top of this can be a bit of a nightmare! Having gone through this myself I know what a frustrating problem this is.

I called LaFarge to see if they had a solution, but they said that all their products were gypsum and so not suitable for use over any old lime. Oh the honesty was great.

So the alternatives?

1. Knock off all of the plaster and start again using lime plaster. This would have been a good solution for my situation as a lot of the plaster was blown, but the thought of all that dust and mess!

2. ....umm

Thankfully, there is a new kid on the block - Auro.

The new Auro 305 Universal Primer has been developed to provide a uniform finish for the application of Auro natural paints. Still made from all natural products it looks like it will  be a real boon for people with these awkward walls.

The wall still needs to be prepared - old paint taken off / rubbed back etc so that the wall does not have any loose materials on it, it also needs to be filled etc to sort out cracks etc, but then after that basic preparation the walls can be treated with the 305 to give a much more uniform substrate for the paint. Marvellous!

Small holes can be filled using the Auro filler, whilst larger areas can be filled / smoothed with the Auro 311 natural fibre plaster. All the treatments are breathable and provide an excellent smooth finish that is really easy to work with.