About

I’m a young scientist (atmospheric chemistry), and my fiancé is design engineer (bicycles), and this is our blog about turning an little affordable cold/damp terrace into something much better on a budget. The house is a little terrace in York, and it was really the cheapest option available for us. We hope to write about some of the challenges, obstacles and successes we’ve met and are meeting, as we believe this is a project anyone could do as many have done before or are doing… I hope you find it interesting or maybe even useful.

There’s a little more detail here as an intro into our project. In one line: our project aimed (whilst it was under-way) to turn a typical “D” grade (EPC) house into a “A” eco home for ~10% of its value.

Any comments, feedback or discussion are very welcome!

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  1. Hi,
    I’ve just read about your floor project as I’ve been advised to do something similar. I’m a little concerned however as I’ve read conflicting information all over the web. Another article I read said old houses were all about ventilation and modern techniques won’t work.

    The damp in my house isn’t bad but anything I can do to make it more eco friendly the better.
    Have you had any issues with damp in the walls since the floor has been done?

    I was planning on doing the floors and installing a damp proof course at the same time do you think this could work?
    Do you have any other suggestions?

    Many Thanks
    Charlotte

    • Hello Charlotte!

      Our house has an impressive history of damp work, with multiple courses throughout its life and yet companies were are still willing to advocate more treatment. We have found that some companies quoted for work which was unnecessary because they identified the wrong type of damp.

      To answer your 1st question directly, no. We have not seen damp problems since the work and to our delight multiple people have mistakingly thought the floor had underfloor heating (which it doesn’t!) due to the warmth. Our floor was fixed because we found someone knowledgeable with a sophisticated damp detector, allowing us to find out our walls had bridging damp from the floor and not rising damp. Find someone with a meter that can do dew point, surface humidity, and relative humidity and investigate the whole area and cause with them to make that the work addresses causes not symptom.

      We took the option of doing the wood floor work with 100mm concrete, 100mm insulation and DPC underneath (as detailed in the blog post). This was based on multiple options from experienced people in the field. There are lots of forums discussing this and lots of opinions out there, i would suggest looking through the Green Building Forum for ideas as there will be good representation there from people with different experience. The steps we took to correct our damp will not work in your home if you have a different type of damp.

      I’ve actually got a blog article about our dealings with the “damp” constructors drafted, which i’ll post over the next month or so…

      Good Luck!

      Tomas

  2. Thanks for the advice Thomas, it’s really helpful. I’m going to arrange for a qualified surveyor to come out and hopefully take the humidity readings etc before proceeding with any work.

    Thanks
    Charlotte

  3. Hi Tomas,

    Many Thanks for the follow at naturestimeline, much appreciated.

    Best Wishes

    Tony Powell

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