BISF Strip Down – A Must See Gallery!

BISF Strip down

Our thanks go to BISF House member Silentassasin for sharing this very special selection of images with us involving the refurbishment process of a BISF that he undertook just last year.

Although we already have a page showing some of the images and work undertaken during this renovation, Silent Assasin has been kind enough to share all the images he has taken to date in the hope that they may be of benefit to other members.


The original building showing the overgrown and unloved front garden and porch area. A car trailer can help reduce the cost of waste disposal and often much cheaper than skip hire. The outer area is now clear and safe for work to continue. The front garden was overgrown and the ground floor render was badly in need of repair. The render applied to the single skin brick wall of the outbuilding can often fail due to moisture seeping into the brickwork from above or through damaged coping stones Here we can clearly see the degradation and separation of the surface coating that had been applied to the render. Frost and moisture can now penetrate the porous render base layer and increase the progress of further damage. A closer view of studwork in the dining room. Interior view of the dining room wall A service supply pipe in the kicthen A close view of the floor near to the back door. Removal of vegetation from front of the house to gain access to steel cladding panels that required replacing. This image shows the exposed first floor frame following removal of cladding sheets. A closer view reveals the original inner timber stud lined wall frame. The side panels required extra care as they had to be cut perfectly to fit the apex of the house in order to achieve a good seal from the elements. The Crittal Hope steel windows frames that house the upvc glazing units, sit in between the vertical stanchions of the building that run from top to bottom of the entire house. The frames are screwed or bolted into the stanchions which helps to provide the overall structure with rigidity. Cladding continues at the rear of the property. A mobile scaffold platform helps with access issues. The cladding process is now complete and will enhance the lifespan of the property by preventing moisture ingress from corrosion. The old kitchen units are removed along with tiles and work surfaces. Cooker hoods and electrical appliances are disconnected. Work continues in kitchen to remove all traces of the previous fit. The start of the stripping down process begins. Substandard insulation is removed from all wall cavities. Kitchen stench pipe The dividing wall between the kitchen and dining room has been removed along with all wall board. The post in the middle of the room is not a stanchion, it is the remains of the door frame and can be easily removed as it is non load bearing. What remains of the timber door frame between the kitchen and dining room. All furniture and fittings are removed The last remaining door frame support awaiting removal. This is the rear view of the electric meter box from the kitchen side, showing the electrical wiring left in situ. Whilst the house is stripped, electrical wiring can be updated. Entrance to hallway from kitchen New window and door reveals are constructed using timber. Ecotherm insulation is then fitted inside the existing batten spacings. The fire currently sits on a stud panel file surround on top of the original fireplace. The fire and fireplace will be removed along with all wall boards and fittings. The gas fire is left in place whilst work continues in the house giving much needed heat. The original fire and back boiler have been removed along with thefireplace itself. The remaining support cage and flue pipe can be removed if required. One of the two vertical support stanchions that are located inside the central ground floor wall is clearly visible here in black. The front room is fully srtripped showing timber studwork and exposed render on steel mesh. View toward front picture window of house. The inner surface of the exterior render coating is exposed. showing the true depth of the external walls. New battens on inner walls are inserted where required to hold the insulation in place. The rather unique custom built handrail of the former owners. Hallway stripped down The exposed inner render of the outer wall is fully exposed and offeres little structural support. The exposed electric meter box and understairs wall have also been stripped back. Keeping the workplace tidy during renovation work is vital. The entire house receives the insulation treatment. The floor is also insulated for maximum insulation. The original condition of the bathroom The original toilet & stench pipe casing. The bathroom has been stripped of all fittings and wall panels. The soil pipe is clearly visible and appears to be a new replacement as the original pipe would normally be of cast iron. All tiles and fittings are removed from the bathroom. The stud wall between the bathroom & bedroom is removed. The outer wall of the first floor at landing level. The inner sides of the steel cladding panels are clearly visible as is the surrounded timber studding. The steel joists fully exposed on first floor. View toward toilet from landing The dividing wall & units betwwen the two first floor bedrooms are stripped, leaving the immersion heater in view. First floor view from rear bedroom looking toward bathroom & landing window. Side view of cast iron flue pipe showing jointed collar mating surface. The clearout begins in earnest and all internal walls are removed from the first floor. The first floor chimney flue and flue cage is now fully exposed. This cast iron pipe is also often covered in fireproof insulation that sometimes but not always contains asbestos. Exposed floor joists Following removal of the dividing wall between the two main bedrooms,an open cavity into the loft space is clearly visible. This cavity was where the fitted wardrobes once stood. Party walls are also battened out and insulated for maximum thermal performance. Once the old wall board has been removed it is possible to see the existing poor quality paper coated insulation material. The fully exposed floor joists can be seen here on the first floor of the house. During the clearout all wall surfaces are stripped clean and all old insulation is removed. Large panel insulation makes for a quicker fit. The insulation should keep each room much warmer than before and reduce heating costs. The ceiling is prepared to take downlights. The rear garden prior to work taking place. A problem tree dominates the main lawn. Tree pruning Begins in earnest The rear garden is more like a jungle thn a garden. There is still plenty to do in the rear garden of this house.

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