What appears to be an easy, straightforward project often isn’t, as found by a couple of local DIY’ers who contacted our Home Changes team back in August. They had recently purchased a buy-to-let property in Syresham Gardens, Haywards Heath. The three bedroom property was in much need of updating and the scale of the project quickly overwhelmed them; they decided to call in the professionals.
Sadly asbestos remains prominent in many homes throughout the UK. It was still in use, in some forms, right up and into the early 1990s. One of the most commonly overlooked places it features, in residential properties, is in Artex ceilings. At Syresham Gardens, Home Changes quickly identified this potential risk and had a sample analysed. The resulting report confirmed, as suspected, that asbestos was indeed present.
Don’t take any chances…
The Home Changes team acted swiftly to client instructions and arranged for the removal of every ceiling in the property, ensuring that all current HSE guidelines were followed, and an air test at completion was carried out for ultimate peace of mind.
Reinstating the ceilings gave an excellent opportunity to improve thermal and acoustic barriers between floors. In addition, Home Changes were able to include recessed spotlighting and, by encouraging a white finish throughout, the property instantly looked bigger, brighter and more contemporary.
Contemporary, Sleek and White…
The Home Changes team helped the local DIY’ers throughout the rest of the project, reinforcing damaged floors, and repairing stairs risers and windows. A new kitchen and flooring were installed and the electrics and plumbing were brought up to date. The redecoration of the insipid interior and stippled ceilings totally transformed the 80’s property into a sleek, white and contemporary home.
“We are novices who wanted to take on as much work as we could,” our DIY’ers’ said. “… it was easy to negotiate with the team where their expertise was required and where we could chip in with our efforts. I’m very grateful for their patience with us and the care taken to keep us on the right track. We are so happy with the completed house and know for certain that without instructing Home Changes, we would not have achieved half of what we have.”
If you have a project that is growing quicker than you can complete it, need a kitchen or bathroom refitted, or want to convert a garage or a loft space the Home Changes team can help :)