Friday, 2 April 2010
Okay, so the swine flu never killed me I'm sure you're all glad to hear, and the floor was a great success. Pictured is myself looking fighting fit aged 40 and 1 day and Gianni, the re-inventor of the trés exclusive Venetian plaster floor.
Friday, 17 July 2009
As with all great polished plaster projects so come a few problems, well set backs anyway. Firstly with wet rooms, such as the one we're following here, the main issue is that the room be watertight first before applying the finishes. For the customer there are many methods and companies out there which specialise here, where generally cost equals success. Doesn't it always?
Here to make things interesting for Plaster by Design the builder has changed course and used a different system than stated. Screwing down a pre-formed board in the shower area, using mesh tape to cover the screws with a latex covering the entire area. Second problem was the drain was for latex type finish and so fitted flush to the floor of the shower.
The issue with the tape used just to cover the screws is that this is a polished plaster we are using, and as such needs a uniform background for application. In a wet area the importance of a entirely level floor is greater so as to let the water drain and not settle. Great care and extra basecoats is required to resolve this.
The drain needed a metal rim making in the workshop so as to have an finish edge to work to.
But the third problem is probably the greatest... swine flu! This blog will continue shortly.
Friday, 3 July 2009
I start these polished plaster blogs with an introduction to a newly developed product, marmorino for floors. Whilst many today are increasingly becoming aware of Venetian polished plasters, few have heard of the possibility to further utilize these beautiful seamless finishes on floors. The finish itself hails from the region of Sri Lanka and surrounding areas. The product we use today at Plaster by Design, has been updated to make it viable for the modern western market. Resins have been added to enhance flexibility and white cement to be robust enough for domestic traffic. The colour of the plaster is dictated somewhat by the process of application and the oils and varnishes used as sealants. Traditionally they would be from the yellow, red, brown spectrum of colours, though a rather industrial but none the less intriguing greys are popular in urban design. The sealant used depends on the situation and use of the floor. Oils are the natural and customary product but will need reapplication, where as varnish will provide a more durable finish but the look may visually differ. I shall be blogging about an application of flooring marmorino being used in a wet room and other specialist wall finishes here soon, I hope you'll enjoy. pmjxk5fr4d
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