I started out in the building industry as a labourer in my early 20's and then decided to go to college to get a specific skill. Plastering has always interested me as it appeals to my artistic side me, so I chose a two year NVQ course in plastering in which I achieved a level 2 qualification. The course taught all aspects of plastering including traditional skimming techniques, how to make and fit fibrous cornice moulds, as well as sand and cement rendering and screeding.
I have 15 years on site building experience. I have worked on large commercial sites supervising teams of up to 15 plasterers, so no job is too big. At the other end of the scale I take on small domestic refurbishments. Most of my work consists of domestic refurbishments, usually skimming a room or two. I have a good level of experience using all aspects of plastering, for example float and set and more frequently now dot and dab. The more recent external coloured renders like K-rend and Parex coating systems are becoming more popular and that is now an increasing part of my work. I have built a good reputation as a honest and reliable tradesman with good customer relations. I have broadened my work to take on general building jobs, including fitting kitchens and bathrooms, complete refurbishments and structural work. I have built a good reputation over the years as a quality general builder with good attention to detail. I do take on general building work, which has included, complete house refurbishments to structural alterations.
With advancing technology, plastering techniques have developed to provide a high quality finish more efficiently. These techniques were pioneered with the use of the German tool manufacturer Refina (www.refina.co.uk). There are others in the market now such as Nela and Speedskim. Refina make trowels that have a finer grade steel than traditional Marshalltown trowels that produce a flatter finish. I make use of these modern tools and have developed a plastering system that produces a high quality finish.
I live in Islington which is pretty central to most areas in London. My preferred boroughs to work in are Islington, Hackney, Camden, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea.