Project of the Month – July 2019

Saddle House gets a facelift!

Saddell House is a beautiful Edwardian holiday home in Kintyre, near Campbletown. It is a light, spacious and rather grand house, rebuilt in 1900 on an 18th-century core, after a fire at the property destroyed the roof and gutted the house. Only the walls and a fine set of service rooms in the basement survived. Fortunately, Saddell House was judged worthy of repair and rebuilt almost at once.

The house commands and overlooks the centre of Saddell Bay with wide views of the Isle of Arran on one side and up the glen on the other. The whole of Saddell Bay with its long white strand and rocky point now belongs to The Landmark Trust.

The house has just undergone an entire exterior and interior redecoration by MacKay Decorators.

John Nevin, Managing Director of MacKay Decorators said, “We originally decorated the whole of the property 18 years previously, our work had stood the test of time, but it was in need of a makeover”.

The property faces Aaran and the exterior was a little weather beaten. A full prep was needed to restore it to its former glory. The windows were stripped and power-washed with 3000psi. Fungicide was applied and Dulux Weathersheild smooth masonry paint was applied by airless spray application.

For the interior of the property the client specified Craig and Rose emulsion and eggshell for the entire job. The job was mainly a redecoration project and restoration work were required to some of the wooden panelling which needed to be re-grained in places.

The job took 6 weeks to complete with a team of 5 men. I’m sure you’ll agree the results are stunning!

About MacKay Decorators & Nevin of Edinburgh

When John Nevin completed his four year painting and decorating apprenticeship with Hugh Muirhead of Leith he decided that the way forward was to set up his own company and thus Nevin of Edinburgh evolved. He began trading from his mother’s front room in Leith in 1977 but he soon realised that bigger premises were required and moved to Morningside, further expansion and success of his company required another move to premises at Swanfield in Leith where Nevin of Edinburgh still operates from today.

Nevin of Edinburgh specialise in all aspects of interior and exterior decorating for commercial and residential customers in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth areas (but also undertake specialist projects from the south of England to the north of Scotland). They pride themselves in being one of the leading companies of decorators to properties ranging from substantial period properties renovations such as historic castles, churches, blocks of flats commercial offices and supermarkets – scaling down to the smallest terraced cottage.

They are active members of The Scottish Decorators’ Federation, preferred painters for many restorative charities and established bodies such as Historic Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland and National Trust for Scotland.

They have won fourteen UK Painter of the Year awards along with numerous Scottish Decorators Federation awards. They are winners of several international awards including two gold medals at Worldskills Calgary, Canada 2009.

The company have decorated many of the UK’s finest buildings including Mount Stuart, Kenwood House, Hopetoun House, Traquair House, Dumfries House and The Royal Palace of Stirling castle. The specialist division does in-house Pigment Analysis and Stereo Microscopy for Cross Section Paint Analysis.

Nevin of Edinburgh is included on the Conservation Register with Historic Scotland. They have advised the Forensic Laboratory at Lothian and Borders Police Force on paint sample analysis and demonstrated at Hampton Court Palace for the Traditional Paint Forum, they have also worked for the Historic Palace Agency

His son Mark joined the company in 2003 and served his painting and decorating apprenticeship, winning awards and prizes for his outstanding achievements during his training, he now works hand in hand with his father making it a truly outstanding family business.

John Nevin firmly believes in the old system of training apprenticeships within the company and employs at least two new apprentices every year (along with an additional two apprentices at his company in Perth. (Mackay Decorators Perth Ltd).

John Nevin acquired Mackay Decorators (Perth) Ltd in 1991 in order to expand into the Tayside region where he has worked on many of prestigious contracts including the new Concert Hall in Perth, Taymouth Castle, and Perth Museum. John Nevin has turned Mackay Decorators into an award-winning company.



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