Project : Works to Stair Tower & Associated Works
Contractor: Pat Dan Building
Engineer: RID Struthers Ltd
Contract Sum: £25,772.10 + VAT
The client wanted to improve the thermal value of the circular stair tower which also had serious damp problems, as well as carrying out internal improvements to the lounge, bathroom and stair tower. External improvements also included new windows and triple skinned roof lights, as well as insulation with new slating to the west gable. A Weber Therm spray on through colour render system was used to upgrade the walls externally and a Sika 1 waterproof render used to the stair tower walls internally.
The scheme made it into the Lewes Eco Open Homes - this is an extract from the brochure:
"When Kevin and Helena bought this house in 2007 it was so poorly insulated that the washing machine froze in Winter !
That, plus a commitment to sustainability, prompted them to overhaul the insulation and make it as cosy as possible.
This has gone through several stages, starting with a well insulated extension built in 2010, attic room ceiling, wall and loft insulation in 2012, solid wall insulation within the bedroom walls in 2013, and the current major phase involving external wall insulation in 2014.
One particular problem was the house unusual spiral staircase addition, which used to suck heat up and out. However, with external insulation and almost all windows double or triple glazed, this problem has now been solved and the building is comfortable and economic to live in".