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Suspended Ceilings (2)

Suspended Ceilings (2) One of my previous posts (Suspended Ceilings 1) provided details of the suspended ceiling system we used.  Like most other people, we could have just fixed plasterboard to the metal studs.  This would not really have achieved what we wanted from our refurbishment – to increase the insulation properties as much as possible in the […]

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Home Automation

Home Automation At the very start of the process to refurbish our London Victorian Apartment, we knew that we wanted to build in the ability for home automation in the future.  It is far simpler to install the wiring (which is relatively inexpensive) prior to installing suspended ceilings, than to install the wiring at a future […]

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Suspended Ceiling (1)

Installing a Suspended Ceiling   Once we had installed the insulation to the inner face of external walls (and dry lined all other walls), we were in a position to start on the suspended ceiling. We wanted a suspended ceiling for the following reasons:   To enable spot lights to be installed at a future […]

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Victorian Terrace at the BRE

About the BRE A slight deviation from my usual posts!  Last week I was fortunate to be invited to the BRE (Building Research Establishment) at Watford.  For those who don’t know, this is the UK’s premier establishment for testing building technology within the UK.  I understand that since they were privatised that they now provide […]

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Insulated window reveals

Window Reveals

Taping and Jointing The last post covered taping and jointing.  This actually took us quite a long time to complete.  It was not only due to the work, but also my day job was quite busy so I was often too tired by the time I got back home!  The sanding down of the joint […]

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Taping and Jointing

This post is about how we managed with taping and jointing.  Taping and jointing is the process of filling in the gaps between the laminated plasterboard, to create a smooth finish for painting. As an alternative to taping and jointing, you can apply a 3mm skim coat of plaster to the plasterboard.  This is far […]

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Concrete Works for the Sub-floor

I have explained in a previous post that our apartment is constructed from a steel frame clad with brickwork.  Intermediate floors were also constructed from steel, between which formwork had been placed and insitu concrete poured.  The concrete was not poured level with the top of the flange of the steel beams.  As a result, concrete […]

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Internal Wall Insulation (2)

As you can see installing the insulation takes time – most of this is spent cutting to corners and to window reveals, and ensuring all is level and plumb before the adhesive is dry. The photo for this post shows the wall insulation installed around the window to the dining room.  In the photo the […]

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Internal Wall Insulation (1)

First of all apologies for the black and white photo – I’m not going retro – I didn’t have the correct camera settings!  This post covers one of the most important benefits which we were trying to achieve from the renovation of our Victorian London Apartment – thermal insulation of the external walls.  I am also […]

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Sanding Pine Floor Boards – I did them my way!

A quite basic objective as part of our low energy apartment refurbishment was to retain and reuse as many of the existing Victorian period features of the apartment as possible.  This principle even extended to the pine floor boards – even though most of these had spent in excess of 100 years covered up under either initially […]

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