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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


call Castelo Construction 00351 927168247

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

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House Cold

If you have just bought a home in Portugal that is not brand new you are probably thinking why this house cold or conversely if you are reading this in July or August. Why is this house too warm to sleep in?

After a winter or a summer here you may have gone the whole hog and bought air conditioning or central heating in order to improve you living conditions.

You may already have heard the description of being a yacht owner “it’s like standing under a cold shower tearing up and throwing away £50 notes”

Running air conditioning or central heating in a poorly insulated home is exactly the same outcome as the yacht owner. Don’t do it !

There is a way of making your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer and it also has the advantages of banishing for good the black room corners and ceiling spots caused by condensation if passive ventilation is added.

Take a house built 15 years ago which has no insulation in the ceilings, roof or walls. Yes it should have had the insulation but it was not put in to make the construction cheaper. The previous owners would sit huddled around a gas fire wearing coats.

The new owner after spending an autumn in the property was looking at installing bigger, better, heating and also painting the outside of the house. We advised him that if he insulated the house and then painted it that the cold house would become warm and the new paint that he put on would last 50% longer between re painting.

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House Cold

He thought that this was a no brainer especially when he saw the price breakdown of our quotation.

This is what we did to make his cold house a warm house and a cool house in the summer.


We fixed insulation to the exterior of the house with a special adhesive and mechanical fastenings which don’t conduct heat and then we rendered it with a special render.

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After that it was painted with two coats of exterior paint.

If you have a Stone house in Portugal or an older home we understand Insulation & Portuguese homes. Contact info@casteloconstruction.com