How To Decorate A New-Build Home
Click here to discover three useful tips that can help you turn a new-build property into a well decorated home to be happy in.
The government’s £3bn flagship housing policy has come under attack after research by campaign group Generation Rent revealed it will only help 5% of Britain’s estimated 4.3 million private tenants.
Estate agent LDG adds that in 2015 only 467 new homes were brought to market in the inner London boroughs of Camden, the City of London, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Islington, Lambeth, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Wandsworth.
But anyone moving into the 200,000 new-build homes Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to deliver each year until 2020 is likely to have other things on their mind.
After buyers of new-build homes finish admiring the modern fitted kitchen, plush bathroom, high-speed internet connectivity and maintenance-free exterior, many want to put their own stamp on the property by decorating.
The majority of new-build homes come with white or magnolia walls that lack a personal touch. Some owners even go as far to say they are boring or resemble the decoration in the rented property they’ve just moved out of.
But before you start bringing home tester pots of paint in bright shades or wallpaper samples, consider the following points…
Put Off Painting The Walls :
Construction firms recommend not to paint the interior walls of a new-build property for up to 18 months after completion, says ProSkips – a London-based business that supplies property developers.
This is because many gallons of water will have been used in the property’s construction and it can take up to a year and a half for it all to evaporate.
You can speed up this process by keeping your new home well ventilated. It’s worth noting, however, that plasterboard walls dry quicker than rendered brick walls, but beware that the timber used in the construction will also contain moisture.
If you do insist on decorating the interior walls of your new-build property, it is advisable to use non-vinyl emulsion paint and to hold off hanging wallpaper. This is because settlement cracks could appear as the building dries out, which will cause vinyl paint and wallpaper to tear.
Take Care When Putting Up Pictures :
It is highly advisable to use a cable detector to pinpoint where electrical wiring has been embedded in your property’s walls or floors before hanging pictures or putting up wall shelves.
It’s worth noting that plasterboard walls are not suitable for hanging heavy items, such as shelves. If you want to hang anything heavy, attach them to exterior-facing walls built out of brick or block work, and ensure the screw and plastic rawlplug penetrate through the plasterboard and deep into the brick or blockwork.
Timber-frame walls can support heavier items as long as care is taken to attach the fixings to the timbers within the wall and not just the plasterboard, says Hammersmith estate agent Lawsons& Daughters. According to the NHBC, vertical timber studs are typically located at 600mm spacing across the width of the wall. However, it’s advisable to use a detector to identify the metal fixings and determine their exact position.
Clever tip: If the timber studs are not in a suitable position for your decorative item, it’s possible to spread the load by screwing a piece of wood between the two studs and fixing directly onto that instead.
Making Wood Look Good :
New woodwork absorbs a lot more paint or stain than older wood. This is why your first attempt at painting the wood in a new home is unlikely to produce a perfect finish and could well require more than three coats.
Rent guarantee specialist Assetgrove says a large number of new-build properties are purchased by buy-to-let investors.
The London firm points out that wood in new properties is prone to picking up dirt and debris created during the construction process. For this reason, you should always take the time to thoroughly clean and prepare the surface, and ensure it’s completely dry before applying the first coat of paint or varnish.