Plastering your home

Plastering in Leeds is now an average cost of between £15-£25 per hour, or £150-£200 per day. Typical charges tend to be: £150 per ceiling, £250 per wall or between £400-£600 for the average room. The most frequently asked question is, how long does it take to plaster a room? This completely depends on the size of the room and walls. However, on average a single wall takes 3 to 4 hours, whilst a room can take up to a day.

How much does plastering cost?

Plasterers in London and the South of England can charge up to 20% more than other regions within the UK. The hourly rates of plasterers vary depending on the skill level of the professional and where abouts they live. The price of plastering can also vary by quality and quantity of the materials also. Plasterers in Yorkshire will charge much less than plasterers in the South due to the geographical location.

The average cost of plastering completely depends on the size of the room/ceiling.

Estimated cost of plastering a room:

Small – £600 – £700

Medium – £650 – £900

Large – £1,000 – £1,500

Estimated cost of plastering a ceiling:

Small – £200 – £350

Medium – £250 – £450

Large – £400 – £750

Estimated cost of skimming a wall:

Small – £100 – £150

Medium – £150 – £250

Large – £200 – £400

Estimated cost of skimming a ceiling:

Small – £200 – £280

Medium – £280 – £380

Large – £400 – £550

Estimated cost of external rendering:

Small – £1900 – £2500

Medium – £3800 – £4500

Large – £4500 minimum

If you live in a property that is not a bungalow, a plasterer may need scaffolding to provide a sturdy platform when applying external render or internal plaster in a stairwell. Scaffoldings costs can be up to £1,000 to access an entire house, which would need to be added onto the original price.

Plastering onto new walls only usually needs to be damp for the plaster to stick smoothly. However, if you are planning on plastering over a decorated wall, the plaster would need something to fix to. Skimming over paint or wallpaper isn’t advisable as the new skim would attempt to bond with the paint not the underlying surface. In turn, the paint or wallpaper would gradually pull away from the wall and therefore the new plaster would collapse.

To avoid this, the plasterer would rub the surface using a wire brush to remove all excess masonry or paint. Holes will be filled with a sand and cement mortar and any existing paint would be removed by scabbling which is making small indentations in the surface.

Skilled plasterers in the area could also add cosmetic finishes to a plastered wall or even add plaster coving to the internal corners of the room.

Plastering an Entire House

Plastering an entire house would be cheaper than plastering one room for many reasons:

  • The plasterer doesn’t have to transport tools and materials back and forth as they will be ready for the whole house
  • Typically, the plasterer will plaster opposite walls in a room and start on other rooms to get the work done quicker.
  • They can remove old plaster and prepare other walls whilst the plastering is carried out in a different room
  • A skip can be hired for cheap

Factors which may affect the cost:

  • Room Dimensions – Typically a large room takes longer to plaster and therefore it costs more. However, don’t be fooled that plastering a small room can be equally as difficult as working in a large room.
  • Accessibility – The plasterer would need access to high walls and ceilings to carry out the job efficiently. For safe access of high ceilings/walls the plasterer may need scaffolding.
  • Location in the country – Plasterers in Leeds and up North would be much cheaper than plasterers in London and the South. Labour costs in the South of England can be up to 20% more than every else in the country.
  • The Size of the Company – Larger companies charge much more than solo tradesmen due to their high overheads. Therefore, single plasterers would take on minor jobs such as skimming one wall willingly.
  • Existing plaster condition – Usually, a contractor can plaster on top of existing plaster given the surface is stable, dry and adheres the wall. If this is not the case the price would increase dependent on the condition of the plaster such as if the surface needs scabbling or if the existing wall is damp.
  • VAT – Please keep in mind that plasterers’ initial quotes may not include VAT, and this may be added at the end.
  • Additional Hire Costs – These may include waste skips/ on-site toilet etc

How to Plaster

Wall:

  1. Mortar and brick surfaces must be rough enough to ensure a good key to bond with the plaster.
  2. Remove all loose particles, oil, and grease from the surface with a wire brush.
  3. Wet the surface for about 6 hours before applying the plaster
  4. Apply a base coat of sand and cement mortar to around 10 to 15mm
  5. Let the base coat partially dry, scratch the surface with a trowel to provide a key for the finishing coat to bond.
  6. Spread the finishing coat 3mm deep. Level with a wooden float then give it a smooth finish with a metal trowel.
  7. Once the topcoat is on, allow it to cure without adding heat. Keep the wall moist for up to a week to allow the plaster to be hard with no cracking. Ventilate the room to remove excess moisture after the first couple of days.
  8. Clean splashes from skirting boards and door frames before the plaster sets.

Ceiling:

  1. Fix specific plasterboard sheets in place on the ceiling joists. This may require a certain thickness board for fireproofing.
  2. Mix the plaster slurry and trowel into the grooves between boards
  3. Press the plasterboard joining tape across the joint before the plaster dries
  4. Smooth the plaster slurry over the tape to cover it
  5. Apply a coat of finishing plaster on the plasterboard from the edges towards the middle using a wooden float to make the surface level.
  6. Use a metal trowel to smooth the surface
  7. Go round the edges removing any lumps before the plater has cured.

Types of plaster:

  • Browning plaster (a base coat used on brick or concrete block)
  • Multi-finish plaster (provides a smooth finish on different surfaces)
  • One coat plaster (acts as a 2-in-1 base and finishing coat
  • Bonding plaster (base coat for surfaces which aren’t absorbent)
  • Finishing plaster (finishing coat on top of browning plaster)
  • Board finish (only used on plasterboard)

Benefits of plastering:

  • Prevents dust by sealing rough brick/stonework.
  • Smooth plaster gives a hygienic surface when painted
  • Gives a fireproof barrier
  • Adds to the thermal and acoustic insulation on the wall
  • Can repair holes and cracks in existing plaster

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In What Order Should You Renovate a House?

bare frames of a house during renovations

If you’re considering renovating your home, you might be wondering what the best order for renovating your home is. In this article, we go over the steps to renovate a house, what renovations are most worth doing, and some tips for success. 

So, in what order should you renovate a house? When planning home renovations, we recommend beginning with any structural or external issues, before moving on to the more important internal renovations such as waterproofing, electrical, gas, and plumbing tasks, and finishing with any cosmetic renovations such as painting and decorating.

To find out more information regarding the steps to renovate a house including what renovations are the most worth doing, read on.

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What Are the Steps to Renovate a House?

There is no one-size-fits-all order or plan for renovating a house, but there are some things to consider before you get started which will make the whole process a lot easier. 

Our recommendations below may not apply to every home renovation, but we do recommend working in this order as appropriate.

Make a plan

Before you do anything, evaluate your property and make a list of what needs addressing. From here, you can make a plan of action, a timeline, hire contractors, order materials, and crucially set a budget. 

Without a solid plan, you’re likely to go off-piste, which could take much longer, and add thousands of pounds to your budget.

Set a budget (and stick to it!)

Once you have a plan of action, you can set a budget. This is essential to ensure that you don’t end up overspending, and It can also help you to work out your priorities.

Hire the right people

There are some jobs that you can probably tackle yourself, but for larger jobs, you need to hire the right people. Ensure to do your research and hire someone that you can trust. Enter into a contract with a clearly defined scope of work to avoid any issues further down the road.

Order your materials in time for work to begin

Once you have a plan, a budget, and have hired a contractor, the next step is to order your materials in time for the work to begin. Depending on the project, your contractor could do this for you, so make sure to find out what you need in advance.

Fix any structural issues

Once you’re ready to begin work, we always recommend fixing any structural issues first, whether they are major issues or just cosmetic jobs. For any visible cracks or holes on the exterior, have a structural engineer evaluate the problem before continuing. The property must be deemed safe both inside and out.

Waterproofing, rot, and damp

Next, work on any waterproofing issues, insulation, and dampness so that any further work doesn’t become compromised. There is no point in doing further internal work only to have to backtrack in order to fix leaks, rot, or dampness.

Fix any electrical, gas, or plumbing issues

Once the house is watertight, you can begin working on any electrical, gas, and plumbing works. Work on these jobs now, before you consider installing any new units in the kitchen or bathroom.

Do not attempt to work on electrics if the house is not watertight, and do not attempt to work on this if you are not a qualified electrician. This is dangerous for all involved

Kitchen and bathroom fittings

When the electrics, gas, and plumbing are sorted, kitchen and bathroom fittings can be installed. Once you reach this stage, only minor, cosmetic jobs remain. At this stage, you may also want to consider any in-built furniture, cupboards, or other joinery.

Plastering, redecorating, and final touches

Now that all of the major renovation work is complete, you can move on to cosmetic jobs such as plastering, decorating, and adding any final touches like furniture and accessories.

bare frames of a house during renovation with no door

What Renovations Are Most Worth Doing?

The renovation most worth doing is the ones which absolutely require attention such as repairs or updating the electrics, gas, pipes, etc. However, some of the most valuable home improvements include:

  • Kitchen and bathroom upgrades, or remodeling. 
  • Building, upgrading, or converting a garage
  • Hardwood floors
  • Garden decking or patio
  • Conservatory
  • Widow upgrades
  • Basement or attic conversions
  • Roof upgrades
  • Landscaping

What Are the Most Expensive Rooms to Remodel?

It goes without saying that some rooms of the home are more expensive to remodel than others. We’ve put together a shortlist of some of the more expensive rooms to remodel:

  • Kitchen – the average cost of a new kitchen is around £8000
  • Bathroom – the average cost of updating a bathroom is between £6000 and £7000
  • Basement/attic – on average, basement conversions cost £1400 per SqM. Attic conversions cost between £21000 and £44000
  • Decking/patio – the average cost of decking or a patio is between £1000 and £4000, depending on the material
  • Conservatory – on average, a conservatory will cost between £10000 and £17000

Garage addition/conversion – a new garage could cost between £18000 and £30000, whereas a garage conversion can cost between £7000 and £20000

Can You Live in a House While it is Being Remodelled?

You can live in a house while it’s being renovated, but progress will be slower as contractors will have to work around you. You’ll also have to make sacrifices along the way, like sourcing a place to eat and bathe if you’re renovating the kitchen and bathroom, and you’ll have to put up with a lot of noise, dirt, and dust. However, it is doable with an effective plan.

How Long Does it Take to Renovate a House?

Minor cosmetic renovations with no structural, electrical, or pipework can take around 2-4 weeks. More extensive renovations will take considerably longer, up to six months and beyond if there are delays or shortages.

Man painting walls grey

5 Things to Know Before Renovating a House

Before we finish off this post, we want to leave you with a few final pieces of advice when renovating a house. It could save you some hassle down the line. 

  1. Plan plan plan

Plan for good, plan for bad, and you’ll hopefully have smooth sailing throughout the renovation process. A good plan will help you to stay on track, and can help to get you back on track after any problems.

  1. Be realistic about your time and money

When planning and setting your budget, be realistic with what you can actually achieve within your timeframe, and what you can afford. A good idea is to plan under budget, and have a small reserve for unexpected expenses.

  1. Expect the unexpected and budget for it

Budget extra time for any unexpected snags and, like we said above, have a small pot of money set aside for unexpected expenses. As good as your plan may be, something unexpected will happen. 

  1. Shop around for quotes for contractors and materials

Shop around for a contractor that you can trust, and that understands your vision. Don’t just jump in with the cheapest quote, or the one that can work immediately. 

  1. Be detailed and specific with contractors to avoid disappointment

When briefing your contractor, be specific, detailed, and come prepared to answer questions. Frankly, it’s better to be over-prepared here than to not provide a good brief and be disappointed with the outcome. 

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