victorian house

  1. J

    Chimney opening - no arch!

    Hello, I’ve just opened up a previously bricked up opening in a chimney breast to reinstate a cast iron fireplace. You can see where the original fire was removed - the area was rendered in with cement which I’ve now removed. The replacement skirting was concrete too! First time I’ve seen that...
  2. B

    Victorian fireplace hearth - dig out structural cement or just replace cracked screed?

    Not a wizened DIYer so please forgive naivety and incorrect terminology. I have a couple of fireplaces in my ground floor Victorian flat, both with approx. 2cm of old (cracked) screed over approx. 20cm of cement (lots of large stones in this lower mix). This all sits on a rubble filled, brick...
  3. 1

    Old Timber Verandah Boards Identification

    Hello We’re in the process of restoring the original homestead on our family farm. We’re getting it RE stumped and while pulling up the original verandah Timbers we found a branding stamp WIRRA. We are in Victoria, Australia, does anyone have any information about this brand? Just trying to...
  4. Q

    Damp and mould in front of house

    Hi all, I've moved into a property that has significant damp marks at the front of the house (see pictures attached). I knew about this before moving in but am slightly lost as to what the best course of action is. There is a large carpeted cement step that is raised from the ground and then...
  5. Iona Howard

    Help with different sub layers in kitchen floor

    Hi all, We're currently renovating a Victorian house and are struggling a little with the kitchen floor situation. As we are in a tough spot financially we cannot afford to get any trades in at the moment so please no suggestions on that or i'll cry. As you can see from the picture half of...
  6. A

    removing constructional hearth = brick infill collapse?

    Hi all, I'm currently renovating a ground floor suspended timber floor of a Victorian semi. I've just started removing a constructional hearth that was in front of a bricked-up fireplace, but after removing the concrete slab I realise that the earth underneath seems to also be supporting the...
  7. J

    Replace shaped bricks in bay window column

    Hi, I recently bought a late Victorian house in North Cornwall. The prevailing wind has been racing in off the Atlantic and has for years been stripping away at the brickwork on the front elevation. The brickwork around the bay windows is particularly badly spalled. In a couple of places, the...
  8. R

    Damp Hearth & Sub-floor damp

    I recently bought a Victorian end of terrace and over lockdown have gradually been making progress with restoring it. We ripped up the carpets in the dining room and noticed the floor boards were in a bit of a state, with some breaking away. I should also add we had the house re-wired and...
  9. T

    on waterproofing (victorian) foundations

    what is the general consensus on applying a waterproof render on the foundation of a (victorian terraced) house? Background: frontroom is damp (water pooling on the bare ground below floor level, plaster in walls close the the water pool is blown). We are in the process of digging away clay-ish...
  10. C

    Repair to external architrave

    I am looking to repair the external architrave to my front door. Its my last attempt before ripping out and replacing with a composite (which I would really, rather not do) and im hoping that I can repair, rather than replace the architrave. I have my wet rott hardner and epoxy exterior wood...
  11. D

    Rotten lintel and joists

    Hi folks, I‘ve encountered some rot on our Victorian terrace home and I’d very much appreciate some advice. Firstly, a couple of joists closest the front door were totally rotten- I think the old doorbell wire was acting as as a wick and directing water onto them for a hundred years or more...
  12. J

    Repair or replace concrete hearth?

    I am reinstating a decorative cast iron fireplace and tiled hearth in our bedroom in a Victorian terrace. I've removed the plaster from the chimney breast and exposed the builders opening. I'm now wondering what to do with the hearth... - It seems like a layer of concrete over rubble, then what...
  13. B

    Mysterious Victorian Roof

    I’m trying to get to grips with a water damage problem on one side of a 4 storey late Victorian house in London. There’s a flat area - looks like a trough - in front of the sloping roof, so presumably when it rains, all the water goes into there. But from there, how does it drain? There’s no...
  14. T

    External window sill repair (Victorian house)

    Hey all! Looking for some advise, I’m Renovating a small late Victorian terraced house in south London, I fondly call it “humbly built” but the reality is that these were cheap houses quickly thrown up! anyway the living room window sill is in need of some attention. There was a layer of...
  15. S

    Plastering internal wall victorian house

    Hi, I have moved into a victorian house which had a dripping stopclock in the cellar, which has been fixed up and has now started to dry out. Now looking at the plaster in the room above it. I have taken a picture of one of the (Edit: internal brick) walls, that was under the woodchip...
  16. P

    Removing plaster from solid brick

    Hi All, Large sections of my bedroom wall (external) had blown plaster. I think that it’s a case of many years of non breathable paint and a modern skim coat had basically suffocated the wall. It’s a lime pointed solid wall, with internal lime render. Anyway, I’ve decided to strip it all off...
  17. R

    Insulating an old victorian Dormer

    I'm renovating our top bedroom and half the room is dormer style. I've no idea how to insulate this, could use some advice. The roof felt appears to be the old bitumen type. I'd obviously like the room to retain heat better but just as importantly, I want to reduce noise as we're on a main road...
  18. H

    Damp advice needed

    Advice on damp needed please! We live in a house built circa 1900 - salt deposits have started appearing on the chimney breasts in the attic bedrooms - had several roofers out. One said the pointing on the stack was fine, another said needs re pointing, another said render the stack to...
  19. C

    Lath & plaster ceiling & cornice - repair and paint in old Victorian house

    Hi all, I have a lath & plaster cracked ceiling repair to do and I need some advice on how to best tackle this problem. The cracks extend to the cornice as well, so those cracks need to be filled, made good and painted as well. Originally, the hall ceiling was covered with woodchip wallpaper. I...
  20. Beezle

    Rendering Victorian fireplace: builder added scratch coat, already cracking.

    Greetings! Currently renovating my Victorian house and on the newbie learning curve, I love it. Two differing builder perspectives: old school and new school and I need another viewpoint. Eeek! Lots of info here: After we opened the large fireplace (exciting), Builder One filled in a vertical...
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