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The wall

Plain plastering is all the rage once again! For a long time, ornamental plastering was the popular choice: elastomeric finishes (coarse sand/pebble dash) and other putz flex finishes and (spray) putz flex variations. Initially, ornamental plaster was introduced on the market as a better-quality alternative than plain plastering, but it remained popular well into the 1990s as cheaper varieties of this approach became available. It was precisely these cheaper varieties that made people realize that this ornamental plastering was not everything it was cracked up to be, resulting in the return of the traditionally plastered wall. Plain plastering is timeless and basically always acceptable. Furthermore, it is easy to maintain (which is virtually impossible with elastomeric finishes) and simple to repaint (in a modern colour, for instance), which is also impractical with textured finishes.

Wall sockets: During renovations, it is also often advisable to check the number of wall sockets required and to reposition them as needed. A good analysis of the room (sitting area, dining area etc.) and the equipment that is to be used in these areas will tell you how many wall sockets are needed and where they should be placed. Bear in mind that more equipment will be often added over time. Therefore, it is advisable to have more wall sockets installed than the minimum number you think are necessary at the time of renovation.

The ceiling

There are various types of ceilings depending on when the building was constructed. Sometimes old buildings still have splendid, decorative features. In many cases, Novo is able to restore these features as far as possible to their original state. Many modern houses (dating from the 1970s) have spray putz flex on their ceilings. This can often last for many years and it can be maintained or freshened up with a coat of paint. Yet sometimes people decide to plaster these ceilings and make them smooth. The effect, especially in combination with the plain walls, is usually magnificent. But bear in mind that a smooth ceiling has a shadow effect, which is far less discernible in spray putz flex ceilings (because the grains on the ceiling disperse the light in such a way that the shadow effect is less obvious).

Other than these plaster ceilings, there are of course lathed ceilings, reed ceilings, wooden ceilings and a wide range of prefabricated ceilings also available in synthetic materials. Sometimes these ceilings can be restored, but it is generally better to replace them. 

The floor

Nothing determines the style of a room as much as a floor does. And there are also so many different tastes, so many styles. Of course, there are many different types of floors and coverings, such as stone/tile, wood/parquet, linoleum, cork, laminate and carpeting. And, in turn, all these types of floors and coverings are available in a wide variety of styles and colours. What suits you best depends largely on the type of building itself, how frequently the floor will be used and your own personal taste. That is why it is wise to consult several flooring specialists to get the best advice. You can search for the most competitive prices online. Here is a tip to save money: invest more money in a floor that will be used frequently, but spend less money on a floor that will not be used as often.

Comfort tip: Opt for underfloor heating if you have stone floors or tiled floors.

Novo lays tiled floors, parquet, wood laminate and carpets on a regular basis.




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