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DIY master Craig Phillips explains what paint to use on your shed

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What would you do if you were a DIY master and wanted to make your shed a good-looking garden feature? 

Property makeover expert, Craig Phillips, who was the first ever winner of Big Brother, explains which type of paint he would use on sheds, outbuildings and garden offices.

He outlines the advantages of each type of paint and gives some tips on getting the job done.

Big Brother winner and builder Craig Phillips advises about the best paint types for sheds

Big Brother winner and builder Craig Phillips advises about the best paint types for sheds

Knowing which type of paint to use on a particular surface can be tricky – and perhaps none more so than on sheds.

This is because, historically, oil-based paints were always used on these type of external surfaces as they were considered more hard wearing and sheds bear the brunt of the elements.

But there have been huge advances in water-based paints in recent years, which means they are much more appealing today, not least as they can be more environmentally friendly.

Craig says: ‘I’m often asked about whether to use oil or water-based paint on sheds, outhouses or garden offices, which can often be finished with tongue and groove wooded cladding.

‘Well, if I was asked this question 20 years ago, I would’ve always answered that it has to be an oil-based paint for outside use. At that time, oil-based paints were so much stronger and would last longer.’

But the technical side of paint manufacturing has ‘come on in leaps and bounds’ during the past decade, says Craig.

He said: ‘The industry has now development water-based paint far better than they used to make, which can now last as long as the old oil-based paints we used in the 90s.’

Jade Shaw, of retailers My Tool Shed also advises using water-based paints as they offer good coverage and are ‘harmless to pets and plants’.

And she suggested using synthetic brushes over natural bristles as they don’t absorb water or swell, which makes them ‘ideal’ for working with water-based paints.

She added: ‘Water-based paints are easy to apply, offer good coverage which is turn is good value for money from a tin. Oil-based are often thicker, can be harder to get an even application and not as environmentally friendly. However, they may last longer.’ 

Craig addresses if it is better to use water or oil-based paints on sheds and garden offices

Craig addresses if it is better to use water or oil-based paints on sheds and garden offices

Which paint? Craig explains that water-based paints are much better than they used to be

Which paint? Craig explains that water-based paints are much better than they used to be

Craig is pictured covering the door frames on a garden shed before he starts painting

Craig is pictured covering the door frames on a garden shed before he starts painting

Craig is a fan of water-based chalk paints and likes using them with a hand held paint sprayer

Craig is a fan of water-based chalk paints and likes using them with a hand held paint sprayer

CRAIG’S ADVICE 

Craig’s advice on why water-based is better to use on sheds than oil-based:

  • Easier to apply either with a brush, roller or paint sprayer
  • Easier to clean equipment
  • Easier if you need to touch up 

When Craig is asked to recommend a shed paint, he suggests an Al Fresco water-based chalk and mineral paint. 

He said: ‘Not only is this better for the environment, but it is so much quicker, easier and even cleaner to apply.  

‘It makes the whole experience so much more enjoyable.’

Craig claims that one of the advantages of using water-based chalk paints is that not as much preparation is required.

However, that said, you still need to do some basic preparation.

This includes cleaning down surfaces and giving sheds a quick light sanding.

Craig said: ‘This kind of basic preparation is always essential.’

Other advantages include no priming coats or undercoating being required before you finally get to gloss the finished surfaces. 

And you should find a time and cost saving from taking this route. 

That’s because there is a slow drying time between the three different coats of three different types of paint when using oil-based products to consider, which means it is also going to cost more to buy. 

Craig advises on cleaning surfaces and giving sheds a quick light sanding before painting

Craig advises on cleaning surfaces and giving sheds a quick light sanding before painting

As for the application, painting with oil-based paint is physically harder as it is a heavier product. It creates more drag on a brush than with water-based paints.

Craig added: ‘You also have the dreaded cleaning up afterwards and most of us that have tried cleaning oil-based paint from their brushes, rollers or paint sprayers know that it’s time consuming and difficult.

‘Anyone who followers me on our social platforms @MrandMrsDIYtv will know I’m a lover of water-based chalk paints as I’m always using them with my Wagner hand held paint sprayers.’

Colours that Craig recommends include Frenchic’s Wise Old Sage on tongue and groove wooden shed cladding with Greyhound on the corner trims, windows and doors.

  • Please click on the link for Craig’s ‘How to video’ about applying water-based paint to his own wooden cladded office garden 

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Maurice Investments sell London office building for €30.3m (GB)

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Allsop, acting jointly alongside Anton Page, has completed the sale of the freehold of a Grade A workspace in Aldgate, central London, on behalf of Maurice Investments for €30.3m (£26m). Acquired by Meadow Partners, the price is equivalent to approximately €1120 (£960) per ft² and a net initial yield of 5%.

 

Wool + Tailor, 10-12 Alie Street E1, comprises 27,158ft² of Grade A office and ancillary accommodation over nine floors. It is within a three-minute walk of Aldgate station and a 15-minute walk of six further train and underground stations, including Whitechapel which is on the newly opened Elizabeth line, and is multi-let to five tenants. Maurice Investments had initially acquired the building in an off-market deal advised by Allsop, which also went on to conclude a successful leasing campaign alongside Anton Page.

 

Wool + Tailor was redeveloped in 2019 to include two additional floors and a new façade, with BREEAM “very good” and EPC A and B ratings. It features an eco-friendly biodiverse roof, cycle racks to accommodate up to 36 bikes, and a WiredScore Gold certification with fibre optic internet. Wool + Tailor further benefits from outstanding natural light throughout, which is enhanced by floor-to-ceiling heights of up to 3.3 metres, and a 7th floor communal business lounge with dual aspect terraces offering panoramic views of the City and beyond.

 

Matthew Millman, Partner at Allsop, said: “The sale of Wool + Tailor concludes a highly successful business plan for our client where we advised on the off-market acquisition, letting, then disposal of what has become one of the finest buildings in Aldgate. Wool + Tailor satisfies the requirements of the modern investor and occupier for ‘best in class’ office space with strong ESG credentials, excellent connectivity and plentiful nearby cafes, bars and restaurants.”

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AnaCap secures €59m loan for Paris office deal (FR)

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Tristan Capital Partners’ TIPS One “Income Plus” Real Estate Debt Fund has provided senior debt financing to funds advised by AnaCap Financial Partners, to support the €59.25m acquisition of South Station, a freehold office asset located in Massy, in the second ring of Paris. South Station is a high-quality property ideally located in Massy – the largest economic centre in the Southern Paris area – and is adjacent to the town’s main transport stations (RER and TGV). The asset is one of the most attractive buildings in the submarket offering modern A-grade office space with excellent amenities.

 

The sale and partial leaseback acquisition will see the vendor CGG, a geophysics specialist, remain as the majority tenant. Pramena Investment will act as the asset manager for the property.

 

Ashil Sodha, Director, Debt Investment at Tristan Capital Partners, said: “As TIPS One continues to diversify, we are pleased to have closed our first loan in France. We are focused on lending on high-quality assets with the right ESG characteristics and we believe this loan exemplifies this strategy well. We look forward to working alongside AnaCap and Pramena and supporting them in optimising their strategy for this asset.”

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Barratt and David Wilson invest €45.5m in UK resi market

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Harworth Group plc has sold two residential land parcel at its Waverley and Thoresby Vale developments to Barratt and David Wilson Homes, for a total consideration of €45.5m (£39m).

 

At Waverley in South Yorkshire, Harworth has competed a €33.8 (£29m) land sale which will see the delivery of approximately 450 homes, of which over 30% will be affordable. This represents Harworth’s largest-ever serviced residential land sale by number of plots. The new homes will represent Barratt and David Wilson Homes’ fifth phase at the site and will be situated adjacent to both Highwall Park and the Waverley Lake, benefitting from unique water frontage in an area of the development known as Waverley Waterfront. Construction will follow a bespoke design code, devised in partnership between Harworth and Barratt and David Wilson Homes, that complements the existing Waverley development while maximising the amenity value of the area’s waterfront location. The development will include a pedestrianised promenade, further enhancing the site’s placemaking and connectivity.

 

At Thoresby Vale in Nottinghamshire, Harworth has exchanged on the sale of serviced land capable of delivering 174 homes, for €11.6m (£10m). This represents the second phase of the Thoresby Vale development, following the sale of two land parcels at the site to Harron Homes and Barratt and David Wilson Homes in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Alongside the new homes, Barratt and David Wilson Homes will provide a new surface water attenuation pond and a multi-use path and associated landscaping, which will enhance connectivity and link to the site’s planned primary school and local centre, for which site preparation works are currently underway. The sales conclude an active first half for Harworth’s residential developments, during which over 100% of its budgeted residential land sales for the year were completed, exchanged or under offer, and it also launched its first single-family Build to Rent portfolio.

 

Andrew Blackshaw, Chief Operating Officer at Harworth, commented: “Barratt and David Wilson Homes is a trusted and valued partner to Harworth, and we are pleased to be developing our relationship with these two significant land sales. Harworth is particularly well-placed in volatile markets as our serviced land provides housebuilders with a product which is de-risked and ready to build on from day one. The acceleration of both our Waverley and Thoresby Vale sites will see Harworth stepping through its strategy to take advantage of the placemaking and levelling up that these schemes ultimately bring to these communities. In addition, these sales will enhance the maturation of these socially diverse neighbourhoods when delivered alongside our recently launched single family Build to Rent product, Project Spur.”

 

Ed Catchpole, Joint Regional Director for Yorkshire & Central at Harworth, added: “Barratt and David Wilson Homes has a proven track record of high-quality housing delivery at Harworth sites, and these transactions will help to further accelerate the build-out and placemaking at Waverley and Thoresby Vale. Both sites are also set to benefit from additional investment which will see the creation of new Build to Rent homes and local amenities.”

 

Mark Cotes, Managing Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Midlands, said: “We’re thrilled to have secured the land for an extension to our Thoresby Vale development and will look forward to another opportunity to meet the growing demand for housing in Nottinghamshire. Our growing community in Edwinstowe will continue to provide new jobs for local people and we’ll be making further ecological and financial investments as the development progresses.”

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