During the summer of 2013, I renovated a one bed studio flat so it could be ready for rental.
It had always been a cold space, as the property has three external walls with no cavity. To make it more efficient to heat, and a more comfortable space, I internally insulated the walls with insulation, build a stud work, and refitted plasterboard creating a new internal skin. Due to the old stud-work being rotten from a leaking shower, I had to completely rebuild the bathroom walls, incorporating glass blocks to allow light to pass between the different spaces.
The original kitchen was small and cramped with no natural light, so I decided to remove this wall and create one open studio space. A new ceiling was fitted in the living room, (this took some help!) but to maximise space and create a feeling of separation between the eating and living spaces, I decided to vault the kitchen ceiling, cladding at the rafters.
I fitted electric underfloor heating under the tiles in the kitchen and bathroom. Due to the insulation in all the walls and loft, and new double glazing throughout, the studio is incredibly energy efficient. LED lighting throughout and a instant hot water heating means energy usage is kept to a minimum.
During my time working on this project, I researched and learned many practical skills: building work, bricklaying, plastering, tiling, carpentry, kitchen fitting, carpet fitting, decorating, landscaping and budgeting. With the exception of the double glazing, and the electrics, I undertook all the parts of the project. Below are some photos of the finished studio and of the renovation.