• Damp,  Demolition,  Walls

    Dining Room Plaster Removal 31/07/2017

    This is how the room looked after buying the house in May 2015 (the electric fire insert has been removed and carpet corners lifted) You can see the signs of damp in the alcoves halfway up the wall – starting to blister off the vinyl patterned wallpaper. The skirting board in the alcove to the right was completely missing & had been replaced by a hastily moulded concrete creation! This corner is in the right alcove where it abuts the external wall. You can see the cement render on the right, some kind of silver ‘waterproofing’ or damp-stop paint, various white salts escaping the wall particularly where the gypsum joins…

  • Demolition,  Walls

    Front room – unblocking fireplace & more plaster removal

    Sun 29th 2 hours (2 people – myself & Ian) : Removed picture rails. Removed plaster in right alcove and wall in middle of house between lounge/dining room. Dismantled bricked blocking up fireplace aperture. Found remnants of old tiles from fireplace & old slate surround painted to look like marble. Bagged up rubble, plaster and lots and lots of dust. Some of it is magnetic. You can see the bowed nature of the floor in this photo although it is hard to document accurately since camera optics often distort things at shorter focal lengths anyway. It was initially suggested that this was caused by the boards being damp and buckling.…

  • Ceilings,  Demolition

    Bathroom Ceiling Update – removing the rest of the collapsing artex 02/12/2016

    Since the 28th when we took the bio-aggregate equipment round, Ian has been helping the lovely Soren Jones on his hempcrete install so we have waited until now to tackle the bathroom ceiling. It has been two weeks since the bathroom ceiling collapsed & of course the cold weather had decided to kick in. Despite this we seem to have a rather confused rose bush and a couple of brave foxgloves… There is no loft space above the bathroom ceiling and no insulation at all, so it is almost like being outside. Radiators were removed whilst renovating, so temperatures have been getting as low as 1 degrees Celsius in the…

  • Ceilings,  Demolition,  Structural

    Bathroom Ceiling Collapse 19/11/2016

    After the first day of installing hempcrete and hosting a workshop with the help of returning practitioners, disaster struck! Despite being exhausted, we had decided to crack on and attempt to get a few more hempcrete mixes in the lounge wall before we went to bed. As we were about to get going after saying goodnight to our visitors, we heard an almighty rumbling crash from upstairs. I have a pretty elevated startle response nowadays, but this was enough to make me shudder with anticipation and adrenaline. I quickly ran through all the possibilities in my mind, with my worst fear being that the entire bathroom roof had collapsed. As…