Under stairs floor screeding advice

30 Jan 2015
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I had someone knock out a wall under the stairs so I can build some large pull out draws to access the space. Previously there was just one small door, and old vinyl over the whole the floor. I just lifted the vinyl up and found the floor seems to be a mix of bricks, cement and old tiles, laid directly on the ground.

The rest of the house (1850 Scottish) is suspended timber flooring with between 20cm and 40cm clearance, but oddly not this bit. There's no damp issues, and I assume it's been like this for a long time!

I'm wondering if I should screed it (if so, can it just go over the bricks/tiles), or whether I should just leave it as it is, and build a wooden frame in there over the bricks to hold the draw runners. One the draws are in, no one will see the floor

Ideas appreciated


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It’s dry because it looks airy and clear. closing it off with drawers etc could encourage damp as you’ll be taking the circulation of air away. regardless of what you do with the floor.

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