A refurb Job in Bingley
home improvement, House Maintenance, Carpentar
Over the last few weeks I have been working on refurbishing a dormer loft in a victorian town house in Bingley. It had been converted twenty five years ago and their had been quite a few roof leaks where the dormer met the roof line. This had fetched down plasterboard, some original victorian lath and plaster and most of the plasterwork from the exterior stone wall. there was some water damage to some of the roof joists and some of the floorboards had started to rot too. All in all along with being only used for storage for the last ten years it was in a pretty sorry state. This was a pity as it faces South, gets the best light in the house and has a lovely view across the valley to St Ives.
First job was to clear the room and the contents filled a pretty big skip. A few sentimental pieces were salvaged but most things were sent off down three flights of stairs. Somebody raided the skip overnight for all the metal which was great for them and me as I could get a bit more in it then. Next up a roofer came in to repair the leaks in the roof after the roof structure was made good with new 4 x 2 timber.
Next job was to fit a false ceiling on the base of the existing exposed beams, this created a void of 200mm into which rockwool insulation was added and then a vapour barrier, plasterboard and finally skimmed over the top, insulation pockets being made for 10 new downlighters to be added.
On the dormer sides and lower down in the sloping loft space where 200m of insulation would have led to limited headroom 50mm solid slab insulation was used. The stone wall below the dormer window was exposed and sealed and a new oak window board added. Finally the existing floor boards were repaired, sanded, filled and sanded once more, before some varnish bought them to life and that should see them still going in another hundred years.
The clients seems happy with their new room and I hope they now get some great use from it. Whilst it doesn’t meet current new build, thermal regs its certainly going to perform way better than it did before and it should pay for itself many times over in the next twenty five years.
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