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    Hi everyone,

    Im in the middle of renovating a 200+ year old terraced weavers cottage built into a valley side in West Yorkshire. Have found the various topics on this forum very useful for research purposes but am starting to build up a number of my own questions so hoping some of you can help!

    Its an upside down house with entrance, kitchen and living room at the top, and bedrooms/bathrooms on floors beneath. Other than the top floor one side of the property is built into the valley/bank, but we dont appear to have any penetrating damp, just bad condensation during winter months from poorly ventilated bathroom. There's a visqueen DPM on the valley side (installed about 20 years ago), with a break in a crawl space between the floors which we're guessing allows that side of the building to 'breathe'.

    We (my wife and I!) are doing as much work as we can ourselves including insulating with pavadentro and using lime mortors/plasters. We've uncovered a roof structure with original? (v old) beams including some rotten purlins and multiple leaks, a new roof which is partly held up by a defunct chimney breast and an odd retrofit cavity wall which I have some questions about.

    More posts to follow!

    Chris
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    Hi Rosie and Daniel,

    We're about 15 mins outside of Huddersfield, about an hr from Todmorden. Would be good to share suppliers, not sure what the rules are on this forum so might be best to whisper them?

    Looks like a fun project you have there!

    cheers
    Chris
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    We've got a roofer starting in the next couple of weeks who comes highly recommended. We have a good structual engineer, and also have a builder starting in 2 weeks. Already been through 3 builders who didnt start.
    We're reasonably competent DIYers, have refurbed another property, and do a lot of research!

    Chris
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      CommentAuthorDAI_EVANS
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2015
     
    Chris I've recently returned back to architecture after a little spell in teaching. I'd be quite interested in lending a hand and seeing what you have accomplished and yet to take on.

    I live in East Leeds, if you'd like an extra pair of hands let me know!

    Dai
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