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Living in Portugal

Are you living in Portugal and the coldest you have ever been?


Many people we meet socially tell us that their first year in Portugal is the coldest that they have ever been. For some reason they cannot get their house warm and dry.

external wall insulation system, EWIS, thermally insulated, protective, decorative exterior cladding normally extruded or expanded polystyrene, mineral wool, cork, polyurethane foam, phenolic foam. These are then covered with a wall material like brick or stone or a moderm micro cement render.

living in Portugal

This sounds so incongruous and exactly the opposite of what you expect when you come to a warm country. Certainly all those thoughts of outside dining, barbecues with friends and soaking up the sun seem a little fanciful when your teeth are chattering and your walls are covered in black mold.

Although the learning curve is steep It certainly did not have to be because with a little planning they could have spoken to Castelo Construction and chosen from a wide range of services from insulation, new windows and doors to get their home toasty in time for winter. Services like supply and installation of wood burning stoves, pellet burners and central heating.

Just think how nice that would be in January.

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keeping warm

If your house is damp we have solutions for that too.

Quite often in an older house the roof can be a problem in that it lets the rain in. We can re roof, re tile or simply patch your roof in an emergency situation.

We are here to help and our happy clients will confirm the quality of our work. If you are living in Portugal talk to Castelo Construction

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Just arrived in central Portugal

Just arrived in central Portugal what to do?


There is a strong desire in many people to use local builders to help renovate their recently bought home in Portugal. They feel that  it is helping to integrate into the local community.

Its a good idea, we only work with local people and have done so for the last ten years.

You do have to be very aware that although some English may be spoken there is an enormous gap between our experiences and expectations. In the same way that there are hundreds of types and colours of white paint.

There are many things done differently here than they are back in your home country

Very often people fall foul of the “I explained it too him and when we came back he had done something totally different to what was agreed.

Take for example a new client we came across recently. She had a newly converted stone house in Central Portugal.

When I asked her how she liked the workmanship (not carried out by Castelo Construction) she said “oh its fine but we ended up with a lot more rooms downstairs than we asked for!!!”


They had wanted an open plan downstairs but the builder took it upon himself to add rooms. Unfortunate you may think? or how could they get the translation so wrong?

As an experience builder I know the real reason for this “Mistake”

Because it was cheaper for him not to make a first floor capable of sustaining a long unsupported span as the client wanted it. Instead the “unwanted rooms” were built so that the walls would support the floor.

Then there was another client who came on holiday to their freshly refurbished holiday home only to find the bathrooms, kitchen and all the floors were tiled in awful, cheap looking, old fashioned tiles which were third quality not even seconds.

The builder had included in the price for tiling.  He had chosen the tiles and supplied them at around 3 euros a square meter in a color last in vogue 30 years ago.

The home owner was left with the cost of taking up all of the tiles cleaning off the floors and walls and re tiling at double the original estimate.

If you are looking to work with a safe pair of hand on your Portuguese property contact

 info@casteloconstruction.com

call Castelo Construction 00351 927168247

Our workmanship is second to none and we understand where you are coming from!