Case Studies Barns at Arundel

Barns at Arundel

Arundel - West Sussex

We work closely with many developers, providing them a report on the condition of the structure before work commences.

With a tussle to find land to build houses it is becoming extremely common to see dilapidated barns and outbuildings being converted into habitable accommodation, in the most beautiful and restorative way, filling the growing need for properties in the U.K. 

In this instance it is always favored by our clients that we install a thixotropic damp proof course where necessary and the subsequent supply and installation of a cavity drain membrane to the problematic areas, especially as many old buildings were built before a DPC, generally with solid 12" thick walls. Over the years these walls can be laden with hygroscopic salts (Chlorides, Nitrates, Sulphates) coming from the ground, animal urine from those that may have used the barn or from combustion via furnace or fire, such as a farriers workshop etc..

Salt contamination can cause spoilage later on if it is not addressed properly, leaching into any new or existing masonry / plaster surface, coming back later as damp patches either in the same area or it could have even moved, due to their 'deliquescent' nature.

Therefore what we offer is convenient and simple, isolating any existing damp walls from the new plaster surface on top, leaving the next trade to come in and carry on, no drying or waiting times. The wall behind will slowly dry out over time, 'breathing' in the cavity of the membrane. 

The membrane has a meshed face or non-meshed face, so it can be finished in a variety of ways; either with a stud wall in front, which further guarantees there won't be any issues in the future as seen here. With 'dot & dab', a plasterboard and plasterboard adhesive, or even a wet plaster finish, completed over two coats.

These barns at Arundel in West-Sussex are just an example to the extent of our work in this role.

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