£50,000 to £99,999
31 Bartlemas Road , OXFORD , OX4 1XU
Refurbishment of a Victorian terraced house in the heart of bohemian East Oxford. A home for a family of four, the house was extended in 2008 and is now in need of extensive remedial work and updating. Internal finishes will be stripped back and replaced with modern ecologically-friendly alternatives such as claypaint. Claypaint is also building- and human-friendly as it allows older structures such as this to breathe, preventing moisture build up and mould growth which can be harmful to human health. Additionally such paints are VOC-free. External repointing had been badly done in years past using unsightly and damaging cement mortar. These areas will be carefully removed to avoid damaging the original bricks, and replaced with traditional lime mortar. Lime mortar allows an amount of natural movement in the brickwork and thus reduces cracking, and like the claypaint, allows the structure to breath. It also has an authentic appearance in keeping with the original house and does far less damage to the environment than cement in its production. Other refurbishment work includes new electrical installations including lighting and power, an upgraded heating system, new floors, new roofing and new furnishings throughout, including built-in and freestanding shelving.