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Problems and solutions for coastal and seaside homes

Storm damage at Dawlish, Damage to the railway tracks and road at Riviera Terrace and Sea lawn Terrace, Dawlish.

No-one knows more than us about the damaging effects the weather can have on your home exterior, but what about if you own a property in a coastal, moorland, sea-fronting or cliff top location? The outside of your home has to not only look good all year round, but it also has a more important…

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2 latest completed contracts: Devon and Kent

front and side elevation with paint

We enjoy showing off our hard work and our 2 latest rendering repair and wall coating jobs are no exception. The first is in Plymstock PL9, South Devon, and the other in Hollingbourne ME17, Kent, and we bunched them up together in this article as we already have around 85 examples of our previous work…

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If you read one article about windows, read this one

Long windows on old house

Most people reading this article will perhaps immediately think of the word “Windows” as the operating system on their computer, but no, this article does not mention Bill Gates at all (apart from just then of course), it’s an article about those square glass things that you look through every day. Yes, you just realised…

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Six reasons why your lack of home security is a gift to thieves

secure your home from burglars

Are you relaxed and sitting comfortably? If you are reading this at work or out and about, do you KNOW, for SURE, that when you return to your house, all will be well with nothing missing? Most of us could say “yes” with some certainty, and unless you live in a “rough” area, the chances…

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30% discount! Book your house painting quote NOW

How cheap is that?!

OMG!! Get massive savings on having your house painted this year! NPA are offering a genuine 30% off for all orders placed between now and the end of February for installation in our quiet period between now and the end of March 2015. There has never been a better time to protect your home from…

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All you ever needed to know about wallpaper

Woman Putting Up Wallpaper

Wallpaper. It’s back “in”. Love it or loathe it, the existence of wallpaper in our homes is often dictated by fashions and fads, and therefore it has come and gone, and then come back again, time after time after time. So why the fascination? Why should we take it seriously this time around? What are…

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10 top tips on getting estimates and quotes for home improvements

Free android app for home improvements

This article will show you how to make getting a quote, (a fixed costing), or an estimate, (an educated guess), of what it would cost to have a tradesperson carry out improvement work to your home this year. I want to say first off that this page is actually NOT supposed to be just another…

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5 facts you never knew about bungalows!

cornwall bungalow showing stone work waterproofed with our coatings

Today we are looking at Bungalows! No, I haven’t been walking up and down the streets of my locality (Plymouth) looking at bungalows over the past few days (!), but there’s certainly plenty of them in neat little roads around here, and probably in your town too. So why do we love these squat little…

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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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Home Un-Improvements advice! When DIY goes wrong

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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