Project:Internal and external decoration

Client:royal king’s arms hotel




In 2018, Different Strokes were approached by the Royal King's Arms Hotel, one of Lancaster's largest hotels, to carry out internal and external decoration as part of a multi-phase major refurbishment of its premises.

Scope of works

Tasked with decorating the ground floor of the building, the team worked long hours alongside other trades in order to complete to the client's deadlines, whilst remaining mindful of the needs of the hotel's existing guests. Working closely with the interior designer, builder and hotel staff, on completion, Different Strokes were invited to return to complete an additional phase of the project.

The second and final phase of work involved major repairs and preparation to the staircases and upper floor areas, including use of sanding equipment to achieve a flawless finish, before application of specialist paints and bespoke commercial wall coverings.

Once again, the team were required to complete to tight deadlines in time for guest bookings, whilst maintaining the highest standards of workmanship.




Duration:2 weeks


Project overview

At the beginning of 2018, Different Strokes were approached by the high-end outdoor clothing brand Fjällräven to decorate its new retail premises in the heart of Ambleside.

Work was carried out both internally and externally, in a clean and efficient manner around other trades.

The specified Farrow and Ball paint was used to reflect the client's corporate colour scheme, with three applications of all top coats used to achieve the best possible finish.


Project:external decoration


Duration:7 weeks




In 2017, Different Strokes managed the external decoration of KFC's Kendal restaurant, following completion of various other internal projects for KFC outlets around the North West.

Scope of Works

Repairs were required to the rainwater goods, render, chimney, lead work and woodwork, some carried out, in part, by other local firms. Preparation included washing down and application of a fungicidal treatment, and all defective and loose existing coatings were scraped and sanded to reveal sound wood, metal and masonry substrates. Heavy duty paint was chosen for a highly durable finish.

The project was carried out to take into account the unpredictable autumn/winter weather, while care was taken to maintain a safe environment in the public spaces surrounding the premises.




Duration:2 weeks


Project overview

Having carried out various works at Lakeland Climbing Centre's Kendal Wall over recent years, in 2017 Different Strokes were tasked with transforming the attraction's main stairwell. The aim was to create a brighter, more uniform, and professional space which would be in keeping with the rest of the visitor experience.

All areas were cleaned and sanded, primed, and finished with specialist paints, including some adjoining corridors which formed part of the project.

The brief required that the work be completed out of hours and in sections, allowing the stairs sufficient time to dry before their use each following morning.


Project:Central Buildings

Client:Carter Jonas

Duration:1 Month




In August 2015, Different Strokes were awarded the contract to carry out major wood repair and decorating for a development of 20 old and historic properties in the centre of Ambleside. The properties consisted of homes, shops, a café and a guest house, all of which were fully operational throughout the duration of works.

Scope of Works

All areas required scaffolding, and most of the woodwork needed major repair in the form of specialist splicing and resin techniques. Careful attention was paid to all small cracks and areas of soft substrate, in order to achieve a longer maintenance cycle. Some window casements and doors needed full replacement, and all defective putties were replaced with a non-cracking flexible alternative. Some areas required a fungicidal treatment and washing, and stabilising solution or a preservative primer were applied to all bare areas. 

The walls and all wood and metalwork were then painted using the Dulux Weathershield system.






Scope of Works

Different Strokes were successful in winning the bid for painting and decorating works at Storrs Hall in the summer of 2013. The external works included erecting access platforms, preparing masonry, and applying stabilizing solution plus two coats of masonry paint. Preparation of the wood and metal work was carried out and an undercoat applied, followed by one coat of gloss to the windows and one coat of metal shield paint to the metalwork. The works then consisted of the phased painting of the external areas, including the front pillars and balconies.

Overcoming Difficulties

Storrs is a luxury hotel on the banks of Lake Windermere and the client had a duty to her customers staying at the hotel. The building was fully occupied while the works were being carried out, therefore upmost care had to be taken not to disrupt the hotel's guests. 

Project:Abbey House Hotel

Client:Abbey House Hotel

Duration:8 Months



Introduction and History

In December 2013, Different Strokes were awarded a three-month contract to decorate the Grade II listed Abbey House Hotel, which takes its name from Furness Abbey. Set in 14 acres of woodland, the hotel was originally built by Sir Edward Lutyensin in 1913 and used as a guesthouse until it was bought by the County Council in 1951. Used as an old people's home and having suffered considerable neglect, it was sold by the council in 1984 and turned into a hotel.

Scope of Works

The hotel was to remain closed for three months whilst phase I of the refurbishment was carried out. Due to the 100 year age of the building, the walls were in quite bad condition, with damp coming through. The lavish finish and 'get it right first time' factor meant that the refurbishment was extended to six months, with the hotel phasing the re-opening of certain areas.

Different Strokes decorated bedrooms, five suites, and all public areas, including Oscars Bar and Brasserie and the Great Hall. Most of the walls to be papered had to be lined first due to their uneven surface. Luxurious wall coverings and high quality Farrow and Ball paints were specified throughout. The hotel wanted to keep the traditional feel to the Great Hall, and a white wash was used to create the aged effect of the timber panels.