Category Archives: Member Posts

This excellent set of images were taken by our guest user Rusla during the removal and installation of a new back door to their BISF house. The gallery shows every stage of the removal process and in particular, the removal of the door frame.

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I have ripped the inside of my house out. Fireplace gone. Built a new wall in the larger front bedroom close to the edge of the window knocking down the wall in the little room to create a decent size room where you can fit a four foot double now. All internal walls removed to […]

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Hello, We live near Dugdale Crescent in Sutton Coldfield and came across your details while looking into external wall insulation. Are you able to recommend companies who have carried out EWI work locally please? Thanks

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Hello Everyone and welcome to my photographic diary showing how my good friend Mat and I, installed a set of sliding patio doors to the rear of his BISF house. During the installation we made a photographs record of the various stages of the job. [adinserter block=”2″] Mat and I both posses modest DIY skills, […]

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I am renovating a BISF house in South Wales but have an issue with noisy neighbours. I think this is mostly down to them being noisy but partly due to the poor construction between the properties. As my photographs show, I have stripped the walls upstairs and downstairs back to the breeze blocks. My first […]

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Having lived in a BISF house for 20 odd years we have moved the ground floor layout about to suite our needs various times over the years. When the kids were young we had the whole lot open plan but as the family has got older its nice to have a few separate rooms. At […]

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We’re thinking of bringing our Fireplace back into occasional use, has anyone got any advice, or experience of this? Thanks, Sean Having opened up the fire place it looks like it was intended for gas use only as it has a plaster board back? There also appears to be a capped gas pipe, cut water […]

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Hi all, I am wondering if someone can recommend a structural surveyor in the Falkirk area for a BISF house.  I am purchasing one soon and before everything is done I want to get a survey done to make sure it’s structurally sound.  The House is immaculate and has had a new roof and rough […]

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Hello everyone! I have just had an offer accepted on my first house (which happens to be a 3 bed BISF home in Bath) I got it for just over 161K which I thought was a bargain for the area! I’ve looked into things a bit further and it looks like there are some pre-conceived […]

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Hi all, just thought I’d share our boiler replacement because although I’m sure it’s been done before, I have not heard of anyone replacing the back boiler with a new boiler in the loft. In my opinion there is no really satisfactory place for a new boiler in the house itself or the out-house. It […]

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Hi, We are in the process of buying an End of Terrace Hills Presweld property.  It is a 1950 Hills Steel Frame with Brick build.  The mortgage lender has agreed to lend money on this property.  However I have been trying to find more information online on this particular type of properties and there isn’t […]

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Kitchen Extension – A few questions from a new member. Hi all, just joined the BISF community and I have a couple of questions if anyone can help? 1) I have recently bought a steel built house, none of my documents say what type it is but I’m 90% sure it’s a BISF built house […]

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Just found this site and wish I had known it existed before! I grew up in a steel house in Canley, Coventry and they were the topic of some sociological research in late 40s/early 50s I found out a few years back. This is all fascinating for me. I still use the house I grew […]

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There are many BISF houses in and around my street. Though, the exterior varies considerably. Have some of the houses had external wall insulation (EWI) put on them? I want to make my house as energy efficient as possible and have been told under the Green Deal the house can be externally clad to make […]

Member Posts, Q&A's 1

Hi all, just wondering if anyone has any recommendations or information about re-roofing? Our neighbours are looking to get their original asbestos cement roof replaced but have not had much luck getting reasonable quotes. I’m also interested in replacing the asbestos roof as ours has developed a slight leak and will need replacing fairly soon […]

Member Posts, Q&A's, Roofing 5

Hi all! im assuming all bisf house have two cupboards built in in the front bedroom, either side of the chimney? Probably a stupid question, I want to drop a tv cable down into it then under sine floorboards but it cannot get the false ceiling off the cupboard! Any suggestions how to do it […]

Layout & Design, Member Posts, Q&A's 8

Hi again, We are continuing to renovate our house in Sheldon B26. The front door is very wide and I have been told I will need to have a new one made!!. Surrounding council house have had new narrower doors fitted, what will be around the original door frame, will it be steel?. Our house […]

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