My BISF House Renovation Project!

What we did on our BISF Renovation.

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Hi, I just thought I would make a quick contribution to the site by sharing my BISF renovation project!

In the process of renovation my BISF House we removed all of the upstairs internal and external walls stripping it right back to the external steel cladding.
We then removed every piece of the internal timber studwork, inch by inch and replaced it with a modern metal drywall frame. We installed new insulation and fitted plaster board all over rather than using hardboard and fibreboard that had been installed when the house was first built.

We relaid each and every floor with new floor boards too, before rebuilding the layout from scratch. We went on to resize the rooms slightly to our benefit and as a result we now have a 4 piece bathroom and built in wardrobes fitted to two large bedrooms.

We managed to take some before and after photographs that I’m sharing with you now. That’s before we move on to removing and replacing all of the original steel cladding on the exterior of the house.

I hope these images may be of use to others thinking of doing something similar.

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  1. Great hearing back from you shmuck9681 thanks. Im a first time buyer and have just submitted an offer on a BISF house which I hope to secure and hear back on Monday about, but it needs complete renovation from top to bottom (EVERYTHING is original) so its good to see how others have tackled upgrades in advance. I have been lucky enough to work with metal stud when I helped my dad as a child when he renovated a house in france where he opted to use the same and agree its a doddle to work with and theres no reason not to use in homes from my knowledge, however from what I’ve seen at the moment it does seem to cost somewhat more than traditional timber- but it does appear to be its only disadvantage currently (only because I will be on a very tight budget).

    Anyway, thanks for the feedback- what made you change the original floorboards to hardwood floors originally out of interest? And did you encounter any major “surprises” doing this or was it all relatively straight forward? And could you give a very rough outline of what you think it cost you in materials?

    It would be great to see how you have changed the proportions of the bathroom to make a 4 piece if you’re able to provide pictures Smile

    Many thanks
    Grangey

  2. Hi,

    I just picked up on the fact that you mentioned that you had a conservatory? We bought our BISF house in September – the main reason being that it was cheap for the size and came with a MASSIVE garden. The garden is worth what we paid for the house alone. The house itself is in pretty good nick but needs some stuff doing to it and one of the things we want to do is add a conservatory. Did you fit yours yourself? Or did you get a company in? How is it fixed onto the house? Any advice that you can give us in relation to this would be very welcome.

  3. Shmuck, superb set of images, thank you for sharing them with us!
    You certainly have not done things by half and this is the first time that I have seen steel plasterboard studding installed inside a domestic property let alone a BISF house.

    What were the advantages and disadvantages if any in fitting this? Would you say that the speed of installation was an advantage and did this require you to replace any of the original stud-work or was this left in situ?

    Also did you leave the flue in place as it also looks like you have had a new replacement flue installed?

    Apologies for so many questions but it is rare to see an entire first floor strip out.
    I also see your loft hatch access is on the landing. Many here in the Midlands are located in the rear bedroom.

    How long did the overall renovation take you and did you encounter any major problems?

    Would I also be right in thinking that you are no stranger to this type of renovation work and if so how would you compare the BISF renovation process to a standard brick built property?

    I will stop there :0) and once again thank you for sharing your project with us. The results look brilliant!

    Marc

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    1. Hi sorry for the delay in replying was on my todo list which is extremely long ATM, firstly the renovation was completely to make the house more efficient modern and safe… The steel frame studding was full of advantages no disadvantages them being cost effective, lasts longer than timber, fireproof, more solid, detectable and yes it was so much quicker to build than a timber stud wall, all of the old come out timber stud, insulation, hardboard walls and all replaced being much easier to redesign the layout slightly to work better and more efficient moving doors slightly and getting rid of the window lights at the tops of doors.
      The flue was not touched at all completely left untouched just hidden in The finish.the total renovation from start to finish was about 2 weeks with 4 men 6 days then 2 men 6 days for 2 weeks, there were no problems encountered except if I did it again would maybe use floor boards instead of the flooring boards used as they are slightly squeaky…lol

  4. we have also turned the side building (toilet, coal house and out house) into a working toilet with a sink and utility room which houses washer dryer and boiler meaning more room in the kitchen, have also removed wall between kitchen and dining room making a nice big galley kitchen and dining room and blocked double doors into living room, have patio doors dining room end into conservatory (dont think I have any pics of these works but if anyone wanted could give pics of what its like now (for ideas) now i need ideas for extension as this house feels too small these days but i have a house right next door so wouldnt be able to side extend! anyone extended upwards???

    (Edit Additional Info Added)
    We removed the whole upstairs internal and external walls just leaving the cladding removed all the inch by inch wood frame and replaced with metal frame new insulation and plaster board all over rather than hard board and fiberboard, and relaid all the floors with flooring boards some before and after pics also we resize the rooms slightly to our benefit and now have 4 piece bathroom and built in wardrobes in 2 large rooms


    From front big bedroom looking toward the bathroom

    from front big bedroom looking to the bathroom18thjuly200729.JPG

    taken from landing 2 front bedrooms

    view from box room through whole upstairs

    front big bedroom starting to get rebuilt

    2 front rooms coming back together

    big bedroom at front with built in wardrobes

    box room made slightly smaller but big enough for triple wardrobe desk and single bed :-)

    large back bedroom (flue built inside built in wardrobes)

    built in bit in box room above stairs

    new loft hatch

    landing doors to both big bedrooms
    we have also turned the side building (toilet, coal house and out house) into a working toilet with a sink and utility room which houses washer dryer and boiler meaning more room in the kitchen, have also removed wall between kitchen and dining room making a nice big galley kitchen and dining room and blocked double doors into living room, have patio doors dining room end into conservatory (dont think i have any pics of these works but if anyone wanted could give pics of what its like now (for ideas) :-) now i need ideas for extension as this house feels too small these days but i have a house right next door so wouldnt be able to side extend! anyone extended upwards???