The property was undergoing refurbishments including a rear extension and the building contractors had constructed the extension walls and prepared the interior walls for plastering. In some areas they had fitted plasterboard to create stud walls or cover over damaged walls. Our task, as the plasterers, was to create the smooth plaster finishes on the walls and ceilings, ready for decorating.
First of all we covered the exposed brickwork with a base coat render using a hardwall gypsum product. To start with we applied a PVA adhesive, then applied the hardwall render in coats until we had built-up the level of the interior walls to a depth that was level with the walls around the area. Once the walls were level we then applied a top coat of finish plaster to the walls, creating the smooth, level plaster finish.
We then moved on to the walls fitted with plasterboard. The first task was to cover the joins in the plasterboard walls with fibre tape – called scrim. This helps us to achieve a smooth plaster finish when the plaster is applied – when the walls are skimmed. We then checked that the walls were square, and that the margins of the reveals were even. To ensure we achieved square corners on all of the walls, the sky lights and around the opening for the bifold doors, we fitted beading.
Finally, once all of this was checked and in place we plastered over the plasterboard walls with two coast of finish plaster, which was then trowelled smooth and left to dry. The surfaces where then smooth and ready for decorating.