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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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Hard and Soft Strip

In this article I am going to explain how we prepared rooms for refurbishment. On returning from a 3 week holiday to the Far East, the first thing we heard on entering our apartment was ‘drip, drip, drip’ – while we were away, a nail in a floor board of the apartment above us had penetrated […]

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Passivhaus – heat your home for less than £100 per year!

This post has not quite moved away entirely from the ongoing refurbishment of our cold, draughty London Victorian apartment into a warm, energy saving eco home. Let me start by saying that when the works are complete, our apartment will not be a passivhaus, and our heating bills will not be less than £100 per year […]

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What we wanted to achieve from the Refurbishment

This post is really about what we were trying to achieve from the refurbishment.  Most people refurbish their homes to increase their value.  At the time of this post, we had lived in our apartment for over 17 years, so considerable value had already been built into the apartment, due to the general increase in property […]

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