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Oo la la! Decopierre French natural stone wall finish

Decopierre wall coating

Bonjour! The NPA team are always on the lookout for interesting products to review and here’s one direct from France, which is now available here in the UK. The amazing and versatile Decopierre® exterior and interior stone effect wall coating is an innovative hard wearing stone substitute and durable, breathable wall finish that has been…

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Crazy end of year sale!! Book your 2015 house painting NOW

How cheap is that?!

GET A MASSIVE 40% OFF HOUSE PAINTING IN 2015, IF YOU BOOK WITH US BEFORE NEW YEARS EVE 2014. We are pleased to announce what many home improvement companies would refer to as an “End of season sale”, however the fact remains that we don’t actually HAVE a beginning or end of season as we…

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Home Un-Improvements advice!

A view of a swimming pool from the diving board

We have written many articles on home improvements over the years but this time we are going to tell you about home UN-improvements, or the removal from a building of misguided features or unsuitable home “improvements” added during previous renovations. Unimprovement can take many guises and these scarily common crimes against property, major and minor,…

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Has Do It Yourself been replaced by You Do It For Me?

diy disaster

Quite apart from the undeniable fact that DIY has a better sound to it than YDIFM, recent studies have shown that DIY is on the decline, so we thought to find out exactly why. I was brought up in the 1970’s and as far as I can recall, my father was ALWAYS doing something DIY…

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Essential maintenance for older or listed buildings

Exterior wall coatings painting listed building titanic owners house front

If you own and live in an older building, generally something built before 1800, chances are it could be a wonderful place to live, but potentially a total nightmare to manage it’s upkeep. Many older homes of a certain age, style or history are also protected under UK law and overseen by a body such…

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We can paint your house in autumn and winter!

freezing cold workman digging road

Did you know your home Can be painted during winter? Our teams are still braving the weather and weatherproofing homes and businesses across the United Kingdom, but how do we do it?  No-one apart from polar bears really like the weather at this time of year, and the day I am writing this, I’m feeling…

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An everlasting paint that could also give you free electricity!

Scientist making paint

Imagine an exterior wall coating for the outside of houses, which would last upwards of 100 years, which would also provide the home owner with completely FREE electricity WITH NO SOLAR PANELS, and would also insulate the entire property into the bargain! Fact or fiction? In this industry we always like to keep our ear…

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5 tips for decorating your teenager’s bedroom

kevin the teenager, a character played by harry enfield

We were all young once, even if the old grey matter can’t recall that far back, rest assured YOU were a teenager once! What was YOUR bedroom like? Can you recall ever being ASKED what you wanted your bedroom, (your sanctuary as a teenager), to be like? We recently decorated our teen daughters bedroom after…

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Home Decorating services along the M3 corridor

M3 Motorway

Our wall coatings team for the M3 corridor area have just completed work on a nice little detached bungalow in Chobham and they were so pleased with the work, as of course was the client, they took some nice photos to show us! Chobham lies just between Bagshot and Chertsey and north of Woking, (Paul…

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Having a Sandwich before going to Widnes to paint walls

A sandwich

Having a Sandwich? …..And where does the town of Widnes come into that? Let me explain. We paint homes up and down the country so here’s 2 examples of houses we painted with our weatherproof and very long life textured wall coatings. We give you some basic information about what we did to two very…

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Top tips and great ideas for moving to a new home

parquet floors

Are you planning on moving into a new home but are unsure where to start? Moving house is often a new beginning, and an exciting time for the whole family, however it can be mega stressful if you don’t follow a few simple rules, some of which we have listed here, designed to help you…

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Why cavity wall insulation can cause damp and mould

finding out if your home has cavity wall insulation

We all hear about the benefits of having cavity wall insulation and the much lauded saving on costly fuel bills but did you know in some properties it can do more harm than good? Let’s first make it crystal clear though, this is not applicable to all homes with cavity wall insulation, in fact in…

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