• 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 The skirting board in the alcove to the right was completely missing & had been replaced by a hastily moulded concrete creation!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.…

  • Walls

    Window Reveal angle affecting light levels

    In creating vertical wooden supports around the window, we intended to provide a surface to attach shuttering, and subsequently attach wooden window jambs and architraves. We automatically decided to create these at a right angle to the face of the window frame, but after seeing the verticals in situ I am not completely happy with them. The current placement of the vertical timbers is ‘chopping off’ the angle of light which will affect the way light spills into the room & reduce light levels. This effect is one which I am very aware of as a photographer of buildings and someone who has an acute awareness of light quality and…

  • Walls

    The beginning of the solid wall insulation retrofit journey…

    Traditional methods such as lime plastering are often the preserve of buildings deemed to be of historical importance, yet it seems to have been forgotten that more modest properties such as the ubiquitous victorian terrace were also built with solid walls, lime plaster and a need to ‘breathe’. The designers and craftsmen who built them, were creating a carefully balanced internal climate to ensure occupant comfort, avoidance of damp & protection of the fabric of the building and its structural integrity. Lime plastering and more conservation approaches to damp remediation remain a niche area with the skills required attracting a cost premium. Rather than increased material cost, this may be…