Project with a Difference
This summer we had the chance to be involved in a really exciting – and a little unusual – project. We were asked to use our expertise as external wall insulation experts to help transform a 1900 end of terrace house into a canvas for a giant mural. We don’t get these sorts of requests every day!
The property is right next door to the William Morris Gallery, a north east London institution that was formerly the home of the celebrated London designer, writer and activist of the same name. The idea was to create a surface on which a mural of William Morris could be painted in advance of a local festival. Be Constructive had just over a week to have the wall ready for the artist to come in and paint the mural of Morris!
Not an easy wall to work with
As you can see from the ‘before’ photo, the wall was in a pretty poor condition, with cracks and blown render all over the place. The wall itself was also not flat – there was a deep double chimney breast in the way – so creating a flat surface for the mural was not a straightforward insulation job.
Furthermore, the wall is right next to a council car park, and various permissions were required in order to set up scaffolding and carry out works there.
An innovative solution to the problem
The artist needed an absolutely flat surface from one end of the chimney breast to the other. Unfortunately, the breast splits half way down the wall and there is a big void with a depth of 350mm between them. This meant we had to order a one off, bespoke thickness of EPS insulation from our manufacturer – EWI Pro, that would fill the void and allow us to render a completely flat surface. The EPS was cut and delivered to site, but there lay another problem – there are no fixings long enough for this super-wide thickness of EPS! We had to use our longest fixings and core 100mm into the EPS, install the fixing, then plug the hole left behind.
The whole wall was then base-coated with EWI premium base coat to create a perfectly smooth surface to render on, and them a super thin 0.5mm top coat was applied. The 0.5mm is not often used because it is extremely difficult to apply, so we had to use our very best rendering team to get the work carried out.
The finished product
As you can see, the final result is quite stunning. The paint work was done over just 2 days using EWI Pro silicone paint – the same paint we would normally use to paint silicone render on a typical home. That means we were able to offer a full 25 year guarantee, just like any other project.
Having a mural on your house is not for everyone, but if it is your cup of tea, please feel free to get in touch – we would be happy to help!