Who are Castelo ConstructionWe are a family run business, established in Portugal for 10+ years offering all kinds of building work from renovations and remodeling to new build and design services. International client base – Mainly the UK with South Africa, Holland, Sweden, Germany, Portuguese, Eastern Europe, Australia. Our key strengths are Communication, Experience, and Ability in smoothly handling multiple projects simultaneously, Customer care, Fixed price work projects. We are also much more. It’s difficult to come up with a list of things that we do from advice to working with clients to save money with design tweaks to giving general practical advice for people tackling the Portuguese utilities and government services for the first time. Each of our clients is different. Each of our clients has different past experiences. Each of our clients has a different idea of the ideal home for them. Some of our clients are a little bit lost with regard to the next steps and how to go about things. Thankfully our team has a lot of experience in helping people get the best out of their renovation or new build project. If this looks interesting to you call us on (Kelvin) 00351 927168247 You can read our blog http://www.casteloconstruction.info/ about the various projects that we have been involved it and also people and situations which we come across. Our website is www.casteloconstruction.com
How long does it take to remove the cement render from a house wall and re-point between the stones with lime mortar.
Many people ask is it possible to remove the cement render from a house wall and re-point between the stones with lime mortar for a DIY enthusiast.
We are asked these questions a lot. So here are the answers.
It obviously depends on the size of the stone house wall. This one is eight meters wide by 6.5 meters high.
Looking at it from the DIY perspective. Do you have enough scaffolding available to carry out the work safely? Are you confident standing and working on scaffolding at this height?.
Do you have all the tools for the job. Renting tools in Portugal is very difficult you will need a large SDS hammer drill, scaffolding, chipping hammer, Very high-pressure jet wash (not one that you wash your car with) and re-pointing equipment.
How long? It all depends upon how fit you are as to how long it will take. A reasonable estimate would be 3 times the man hours that it takes us.
Our guys are professionals and work on this type of thing day in day out so they don’t need a lie down in the afternoon. Make no mistake you will hardly be able to raise your arms after the first day if you are doing this for the first time I don’t care how fit you think you are.
The repetitive and very dusty work really is hard. Dust in your eyes constantly and large amounts of fine dust to breath in.
Cleaned and ready for pointing
We had a team of two people working on this gable it took them two days to take off the old cement render which was on a south facing wall and baked on. The erecting of the scaffolding and high-pressure jet wash took another day. That’s 6 man days or you could say a week’s work for two people to get everything ready for pointing. There was also some stone to be replaced before the pointing.
If my reckoning is correct then it will take a DIYer 12 to 18 days of hard graft to make just the gable wall ready for pointing.
Much better to contact Castelo Construction firstname.lastname@example.org and have the work done for you at a reasonable price.
Castelo Construction Lda. Helps people like you to get the very best out of your new home in central Portugal.
Whether it is an old house that you want to refurbish or a new home which you want to construct. We help you to make the most of any property project with our professional, design, construction, project management and maintenance services.
Professionally managed services with full accountability ensure that you get what you want. On time and to budget. We work only with experienced and licensed tradesmen, architects and engineers to deliver exceptional results.
Do you really know what you are buying ?
In most things probably but when it comes to buying a house in Portugal are you sure?
It was something which was brought home to us recently during a demolition project. We were taking off a recently built two story extension that had been built onto an old stone house which we are remodeling and renovating.
Obviously the house is an old house and you would expect that things would need to be renovated and made good.
What you would not expect and would probably not be happy about is that the extension was not tied into (secured too) the old house.
When we started the demolition it just fell down like a pack of cards. Not only that the single thickness brick wall that made the structure of the extension had no cement between the vertical faces of the bricks! Just along the bottom and top.
This could not be seen because the walls were covered in poor quality render. This is one of the worst self build projects that we have come across and you can understand why Portugal has moved towards building regulations and controls.
If you had not known the extension to the house was badly built and just did what a lot of people do decorate and refurbish.
The fact that this two story extension dropped to the ground so easily and quickly was worrying because if the house was just being “refurbished” it could have fallen down due to high wind or ground tremor. take a look at seismic activity in Portugal.
If you are not qualified or experienced enough to know if a property you are looking at to buy is sound call in Castelo Construction.
It would be a shame to end your retirement under a pile of freshly painted rubble.