Plastering forms a bridge between the first and second fix. Suddenly spaces acquire a tangible purpose and the prospective occupants can really begin to see the possibilities.

“While my brother Tijl was exploring the most sophisticated painting techniques, I was discovering my love of plastering. And I also found out that it was a big advantage to be born into a family of ‘finishers’, because I know exactly what’s important to them and can provide them with a great base on which they can work their own magic. Cement, roughcast, smooth plaster, stone-strip cladding, insulation – these are just some of the many technical aspects that plasterers have to know about these days. Just think how important it is to have good energy management in homes that have been over-insulated and where there’s a chance of mildew developing.”

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Waxes lyrical about perfect mouldings and gets a kick out of interior and exterior plastering

“Openness and tranquillity should not mean that the end result is cold. Clay plaster has many advantages, but how it looked was definitely also important for me: having perfectly flat, ultra-white walls wasn’t what I was looking for – I prefer a bit of relief here and there and soft colours. The passion and enthusiasm with which Rolf Matthijs did our plastering really struck us.”

Leen, owner of a new house in Ghent