Pegasus Plasterers were called in to add the finishing touch to the exterior walls of this garden in North London.
The homeowner required a smooth rendered finish that could be painted, giving clean-lines to the exterior feature walls of the house and garden. The garden boundary walls at the front and rear of the property had been rebuilt with bricks and breeze blocks. In addition the homeowners had some walled flower beds built. Our task was to create a smooth plaster finish on all of the exterior walls.
All the brickwork had to be rendered using a waterproof sand and cement render. The render was mixed at a 4:1 ratio using coarse sand so that it could be finished as a flat render. We used stainless steel render beads, which are designed for exterior use, to achieve the sharp corners and edges of the wall render.
In preparation, all of the the brickwork was sealed using an exterior PVA adhesive. We then applied the first coat of render or ‘scratch coat’ during which all the beads are attached to the edges of the walls – in this case corner beads and render stop beads. The scratch coat render was then left to cure for at least 24 hours.
Given that all of the exterior walls were rendered on both sides and on top, lots of beads were used, all of which had to be run level along the wall and level across, so that both sides matched. Achieving this meant that when the fence panels were fixed on top of the walls, all of the alignment and spaces around fence panels were even.
Before the second or finish coat of render was applied to the walls we sealed the scratch coat with PVA adhesive. We then rendered the top coat, which was applied in an even layer, and then floated flat for an even and smooth finish.
As you can see from the photos, the rendered exterior walls were then painted white to create contrast, framing the planting beds, allowing the gardener to show-off clean lines that enhance the feature plants.
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