We are considering purchasing a property constructed from Besser Blocks.
The internal wall are unfinished, simply being painted Besser Block.
We are considering plastering the walls (rather than Gyprock), it is a 'Spanish' style house so a slightly rough finish would suit the character of the house.
Has anybody had any experience with this?
Any other suggestions?
Hi therewe are considering similar options for a 2 unit besser block unit we havewe have been recommended to use a process which is a type of rendering – dry fill rendering – which has been affectively applied to one of the other units in the blockthe option finishes can be smooth or like a sandpaper feelnot sure if that is of any usethanks
HI thereI forgot to mention that the work is performed by a solid fill plastererthanks
what is Dry Fill Rendering,
what sort of costs are they quoting you?
Hi therewe are still investigating the costs – but a painter friend recommended the process to usI am not sure if I have got the terminology right – but we are rendering in such a way that we are obscuring the cement joining lines and so it looks a bit like plastering but with a rougher finish – we did see examples of the proposed finish in Bunnings – the unit in the block below us has been rendered with the process and looks very effective.I'd imagine the costs will depend upon where you are – for example we noticed that building costs were a lot more in Canberra than in QLD – I would imagine it would also be dependant upon how much of the building needs to be done with the process – in our case – it is only a lounge dining area that we are getting doneSo it may be worth your getting some quotes from a solid fill plasterer fin your area or the work you need to get donethankscrashyParticipant@crashyJoin Date: 2003Post Count: 736
I had besser blocks plastered & it was a nightmare. water penetrates & cracking occurs. My advice is to glue fibro to the blocks then do whatever. It will be quicker, cheaper & better.
Hi therejust wondering how the water penetrates – did you plaster the outside of the property? – as I note that we are planning to do the inside of the property once no longer tenantedthankscrashyParticipant@crashyJoin Date: 2003Post Count: 736
plaster the outside? maybe that would make sense if the inside was a swimming pool……
in a drought the ground moves and cracks appear in blocks. this allows water in. if you have plaster, it soaks up water like a sponge. fibro adds protection against both water and visible cracks.
Hi there Daryl
It looks as if where you have your property may affect your choice.
We don't have the same problems as crashy with a property cracking due to drought as our property is at Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast and there are no water difficulties there.
I would think though if your property is already subject to movement and cracking – even the fibro will crack – so up to you.
thanksSteddiMember@steddiJoin Date: 2007Post Count: 7
Hello there …………….There is a process involving a splatter offect where a cement / sand / lime / colour mix is sprayed onto these types of walls. you can vary the size of texture with differnt gun nozzles. Very Sante Fe. There could be a dust problem but it is not a bad look. You can hire out this equipment from the right place. You could also grit blast the lot and highlight the joints and then lime wash or do a Burkes backyard and Bag it off with a sand and cement mix,or just glue gyprock to the walls. Glue sandstone facing blocks to the wall [look on ebay for good deals] Maybe large Brett Whitely pictures. Cheers Glenn