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    My hallway has the mosaics as below

    I'd ideally like to keep them but the floor has 'sank' in various places (by the newel you can just make it out) as just laid on ash. Is this DIY'able?

    If I were to dig it all up, insulate (2" PIR) and run UFH in a 3" screed will the mosaics be good to go?

    How much would I expect to pay to get an average hallway relaid?
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2014
    too much!

    DIY the tiles are worth a fortune!

    Very Very nice floor
    Do you think I should just patch repair the sunken section and just run a rad in that area as opposed to digging it all up, insulating etc?

    I always look at things in terms of cost/benefit and not sure it is worth it
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2014
    well, that was going to be the last bit of the house project but was considering putting UFH now while I do the other room
    • CommentAuthorringi
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2014
    Don't touch them or get the experts in.

    Also I don't think 2" PIR is enough if you have UFH.
    • CommentAuthorbillt
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2014
    Yes, keep them especially as they look to be in good condition.

    FYI we had a section of floor about 1.8M x 4M tiled with tiles of that type 2 years ago and it cost £3,400 for a simpler 2 colour design - we couldn't afford a more complex multi-colour design.
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2014
    The front dr theshold and outside quarries are rare and wonderful too. So often all these have been hacked around. Don't spoil it!
    You'll be impressed with the fireplace mosaics as well then!

    The house was lived in by a 95yr old woman, two double sockets and no heating to the whole property!
    4yrs on these tiles have had it. Cracked, sunken and so forth.

    I have to take them up to at least redo the screed, No way I could relay these myself.

    So what are my options? Dig it all up? Lay 75mm PIR, 50mm screed with UFH then some kind of patterned linoleum or ceramics?
    Posted By: Victorianecosome kind of patterned linoleum

    Posted By: Victorianecoor ceramics
    • CommentTimeAug 1st 2018
    If it's truly knackered, no point in trying for ersatz copy - do something new and equally good.
    What's the preferred build up then? It is a mid terrace so surely insulation isn't that essential on a hallway?

    75mm PIR
    50mm screed with fibres
    Latex self leveller
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2018
    No need for latex, tile cement will be enough to get the tiles perfect.
    Ah okay, I was thinking of linoluem still at first. I may go for tumble travertine actually...
    • CommentAuthorcjard
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2018 edited
    Travertine is comparatively soft, might not be well suited to a high traffic/impact area
    It's in my kitchen and seems fine. What would be your recommendation?
    • CommentAuthormuddy
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2018
    What have you done with the original tiles? Surely not skipped!
    No they'll be on ebay when I lift them...
    Still haven't got around to this...

    Made it my 2019 project.

    Is 75mm PIR, 50mm screed sufficient?

    The wife wants high gloss black and white chequered ceramics laid at 45deg
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2019
    Tight dry jointed 🙂
    Have no idea what that means 😂
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2019
    I don’t think that Victorian tiling used grout, tiles butted up tight against each other perfectly
    Posted By: fostertomIf it's truly knackered, no point in trying for ersatz copy - do something new and equally good.

    I'm a bit late to this conversation, but we went for encaustic tiles in our bathroom. The colours are good due to the way they're made and whilst the majority are 'Moroccan' style, you can get some simpler ones that might be considered a modern interpretation of the original Victorian.

    Only thing is that they are quite thick (16mm in our case). Not a big deal if you have the headroom but worth bearing in mind if you're butting up to other floor levels.
    My local tile restoration specialist said it's a bigger job than he normally undertakes so gave me another contact.

    Providing I took all the tiles up myself and screeded he'd want £2500 to relay 9m2.

    There's no guarantee they'll all come up fine either and I'd have to prep each tile etc.

    My heart says to do that but I think I'm better off selling and putting the cash toward a new floor.

    The wife wants black and white diamond tiles... That it will be I think
    • CommentAuthorrevor
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th 2019
    In my previous house a late Victorian large semi we had encaustic tiles in the porch which were cracked and really unusable to relay, they had been laid on a clinker base which had sunk. As the cost of replacing like for like was prohibitive we made our own design and cut triangles rectangles lozenges etc from yellow red and black quarry tiles and laid these in a pattern following some examples from a book. It worked really well and the purchaser of our house thought it was the genuine thing and loved it not believing it was not original.
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