Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Ground Floor Works Continue

Work has begun again on the ground floor surface this week. The task at hand is the laying of the limecrete screed, which will cover the underfloor heating pipework and provide a solid base for the re-installation of the floorboards.

Using limecrete to create the main slab maintains the breathability of the soil underneath and prevents moisture from being forced up and around an otherwise concrete slab, into the walls.

However limecrete has a few drawbacks in relation to cost and labour. It is not available to be delivered by cement truck; this means it all has to be mixed manually, barrow after barrow, which is very labour intensive. It's also a more expensive mix than tradition concrete.

The mixer and tonne bags of sand below:

25kg bags of hydraulic lime:

The front room complete:

Under the archway to the adjoining rear room, the kitchen:

Front room entrance from the hallway with a heater to keep the temperate higher (approx 5 Celsius outside):

Limecrete laid by the front door to get the initial level:

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Furniture & Interesting Items

Work is set to begin again, hopefully within the next week.
In the mean time I did some organising of the random pieces of furniture I've collected from the house, as well as some other interesting items.

Most items date from about 1930-1960.

Just to add, the nearby old Deary's department store on Clanbrassil Street, currently stripped back.