We eventually had the time and good weather to paint the vertical cladding on the front elevation:
Feel like this is a vast improvement for a couple of afternoon’s worth of work. Very glad to see the back of the drab grey-brown that was there beforehand. The rich red-umbra colour lifts the house up so much more.
Before and after:
We used an opaque wood stain from a Swedish manufacturer named Jotun. It took a bit of detective work to find out the product and colours, but after talking to some of the painters working on the estate they pointed us in the right direction. The council also provided a list of colours used on the scheme.
The Swedish influence in Byker isn’t that surprising given that Erskine practiced in Sweden for most of his life: it’s easy to spot some similarities with traditional Swedish houses in his designs for Byker:
Next we’ll be painting the accent red colour on the back elevation. Not as big an area to paint and no sanding so should be a doddle (hopefully).