Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Ground Floor Works Begin

After a long break, work has started again. Over the next month, the heating system on the remaining ground and first floors will be completed, which involves the excavation of the entire ground floor of the house. This is so a very unique, breathable limecrete slab can be laid under the floorboards, which will incorporate the proposed under-floor heating system.

The first stage was to lift the floor boards carefully and store them off site. Next, excavation of the soil beneath begins, right down to foundation level. As detailed in previous posts, the ground floor rear room had a concrete slab installed by the previous owners, which has contributed to damp problems. It had to be broken up and removed also:

Note the short stone walls laid into the soil, to support the floor joists:

More bones in the front room:

The hallway:


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  2. Eoghan Finneran.11 October 2018 at 23:52

    Amazing stuff Voodoo Melon - I just stumbled across your blog and I'm hugely impressed with the quality of your restoration job. Have you moved in yet?
    We are currently renovating a 1910 built stone farmhouse (was originally built by my great grandfather) which was constructed with very similar methods. We are aiming to improve breath-ability of the structure to reduce/eliminate damp issues. We have stripped all the 1960s added cement plaster from walls internally and externally and are now re-rendering with lime externally.

    Originally, we planned to pour a limecrete floor but due to our tight budget and after talking to some conservation builders they claimed the extra cost over concrete was not worth it because 1. expense of heating the limecrete floor with heat loss to the underlying clay and 2. extra expense over concrete. We are now considering a hybrid limecrete floor similar to what you have done with a limecrete boundary of 300mm around the concrete slab. We aim to pour 75mm concrete screed with UFH pipes on insulation over the slab, with limecrete coming up to FFL around the external walls.
    This is similar to your own job except you used limecrete for screed.

    Are you happy with how your floor has turned out and have you any tips or recommendations??
    Thanks in advance.
    Congrats again on the fantastic blog and all the work involved!