barrelled vault converted to workshop and playroom
a large country manor house in Somerset stood a damp, dark and dingy stone
barrelled vault measuring 13 x 6 meters.
contractor was contacted by the owner to see if it
would be practical to convert this unusable area into a workshop and
playroom. Following a survey and establishing the needs of the client a
proposal was put forward to provide a 'Type C' drained waterproofing
system in accordance with BS 8102.
floor, walls and the ceiling of the vault were lined with a cavity
drainage membrane and WaterGuard drainage was introduced around the
perimeter of the existing concrete floor, discharging to an existing floor
drain in the adjoining wine store. The floor area was then over laid with
22mm moisture resistant chipboard and studding formed all round, walls
plaster boarded and rough skimmed.
conjunction with the main waterproofing works two mechanical 'positive
pressure' ventilation systems were installed to improve air quality as no
passive ventilation existed.
completed the works the client then decided to split the area into two and
a central timber framed wall was introduced to form two distinct
the improved lighting and the introduction of heating the client, a keen
picture framer, now has a clean, dry and warm workshop whilst his children
have a bright and spacious playroom.
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