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Saving A Piece Of Cleethorpes History - New Flooring And Surprises In The Ceiling

In our previous blog post, we told you how we unconventionally lifted up 122 Main Road Fitties with car jacks. In today's blog, we start adding new flooring and plaster. However, when we tackled the ceiling, there was a surprise waiting for us.


Now that the floor joists were in, we could start laying boards down. To do this, we used 22mm moisture-resistant T&G chipboard with glue and a lot of screws. This not only helped create a flat surface but also helped stabilise the building.

renovated floor Humberston fitties

With a stable floor in place, we then had to evaluate the ceiling. While doing this, we found a familiar sight... window frames!

renovated celing Humberston fitties

It turns out that not only were some of the old floor joists made out of window frames, but parts of the ceiling were too! We got the feeling that when the chalet was first made, the builders just used anything they could get their hands on.

As old window frames aren’t our first choice for roof joists, we replaced them all with new timber and also added more noggins between the old timber to further reinforce the ceiling.

Once we had fixed the ceiling and the first-fix electrics and plumbing were complete, we insulated the external walls and ceiling with 100mm Kingspan insulation and also replaced the front window frame. Once this was done, we attached plasterboards in preparation for plastering.

Now, I'm no plasterer so I can’t say for sure, but the guys who did the plastering said it was a tough job. The reason behind this was that some of the original internal walls were not straight, and the ceiling had a slight dip. However, even with all these hurdles, the guys did a good job and got the ceiling and walls perfectly plastered.

plasterer in grimsby

plasterer cleethorpes

With the plastering done, we started working outside as there were some issues with the chalet’s Tyrolean.

You've probably seen Tyrolean before, as it was widely used during the 1960s-70s. However, if you're unfamiliar with Tyrolean, it is a concrete-type wall covering that has to be specially applied with a special hand-held machine.

tyrolean service grimsby

Since we had lifted the building at the beginning of the restoration, there were quite a few cracks in the outside Tyrolean to be fixed... some worse than others. At the front of the house, which had completely sunk, we had to replace the whole front with new concrete boards and apply a fresh layer of Tyrolean.

tyrolean in grimsby

Once all the cracks and repairs were done, we went back inside to start the finishing touches of the renovation, which, surprise, surprise, also presented some challenges.


Be sure to check out our next blog post as we'll be talking about challenges we faced whilst applying the finished touches to inside and if you need any work doing, just email us at, message us on our Whatsapp bot or visit our Facebook page

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