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Chester, Louise Street

House Summary

Arnold Wilkes

House Type:
1890 Mid terrace

Carbon saving:
62% - SuperHomes Assessed  

  • Chester SH insulation
  • Chester SH and HO
  • New front

Measures installed:

  • Ceiling insulation
  • Condensing boiler
  • Double Glazing
  • Draught-proofing
  • Internal Wall Insulation
  • Loft Insulation
  • Low Energy Appliances
  • Low Energy Lighting
  • Roof Insulation
  • Solar Water Heating
  • Water Saving Devices
  • Wood Stove

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Personal story:

In Aug 1994, we moved here from Ellesmere Port, I had just been medically retired with a low back injury (L4/5 disc) and I thought it might be easier to get part time work in Chester that I could cope with and travel to on my bicyle, the only type of transport we could afford.

Since 2010 we have recieving some council tax benefit, but still found money to increasing the internal insulation work


Because of our restricted income it was vital to save money where we could.

In 2009 we recieved compensation for the anticipated light reduction which was likely when the Canal side development was completed to the south of us. The final phase is now completed. the money started the Internal insulation as well as reducing our mortgage

We are now enjoying our warm home and will enjoy showing it to you.

Property background:

1890 Mid-terrace
When we bought house it was Single glazed, solid 9″ walls no door or window seals
Baxi-bermuda boiler that was behind a gas fire, hot water cylinder with minimal insulation
Attic’s x 3 had remnants of fibre-glass insulation

Initial improvements – Insulate main loft & start to put double glazed units into kitchen windows designed for single glass. I borrowed from my dad a tool to remove the old putty & glass from the frames, there was a firm 300 yds away who made units as we could afford them the old kitchen door is still in use in the hall.

Key changes made:

In 2002 we re-morgaged and ordered from Canada 6 fibreglass windows & a door that were simular to todays ‘A’ rated windows the first Argon windows we had.

In 2005 we fitted the Worcester-Bosch condensing boiler changed the shower so it got its water from the hot water tank thus saving £240 for elec. and £265 gas

June 2006 multi-fuel stove fitted in front room with a Ecofan 800 to move heat around room late September.
On the 15th Solar Thermal panel was operational.

Summer 2008 took roof off small bay window in front room – filled air space with sheeps wool packed it in and covered it with roofing membrane left it for a week to check if it expanded prior to replacing slates. (Working from scaffold)

September 2009 started to internally insulate the property after spending years picking the brains and expert knowledge of members of the Green building forum.

Summer 2013 did equity release so we could do outstanding repair work, leak around Velux in bathroom: failed D/glazing unit sewing room: New floor front room and front wall: Rear Porch to form an Air Lock to prevent heat from escaping.Front room floor now a solid floor with 150mm insulation.
The brick work under the front bay window is now a cavity wall inside of which I have added further insulation proir to cladding. Also either side of chimney brest and both sides of window clad with cotton waste insulation / sheeps wool all clad with plasterboard and Skim.
The sewing room & thermal store (hot water tank) have been insulated using 12.5 ,25. & 50 mm Kingspan type insulation.

Shed extension / toilet at rear to form air-lock to prevent heat loss in winter.

Measures installed in detail:

  • Air tight membrain Internal insulation Sheeps wool, Cotton waste old Jeans, Kingspan type fitted on inside of external walls
  • Wood clading used on top of internal insulation Equity re-lease man was not bothered
  • Worcester-Bosch condensing boiler 24i, 94% efficient now serviced every 3 years due to lack of use.
  • Windows double glazed Argon filled U-value 1.36. Argon helps to stop noise from outside getting in
  • New Plastic double glazed windows 1.2 U-value Argon filled
  • Draught proofing includes; all windows and doors. Old back door fitted into hall thus creating an “air lock” reducing movement of warm air to outside when front door is opened
  • Front room solid floor front wall now cavity with Sheeps wool insulation on inside below plaster
  • All lofts (3) Insulated
  • Low energy appliances throughout
  • Low energy lighting throughout
  • Solar Thermal 2 Wolf Topsun flat plate
  • Water saving devices include; low flush toilets, spray head on kitchen tap, shower hot water fed off heating via solar thermal, 2 external water butts
  • Multi-fuel stove front room is a 4.8 kW Two Door Chelsea made by Villager. Ecofan 800 placed on top
  • Light pipe in rear Porch
  • Very small radiators through-out never used house to warm without
Benefits of work carried out:

Warmer house, Cheaper bills,

And the warm glow that comes when you have done most of jobs yourself

Favourite feature:

Internal insulation of the Bathroom

Before it the temp was slightly higher than the outside temp, usually very cold

Now it is 19c or 64f summer or winter. it maintains that temp without using the heating.
I have even fallen asleep whilst on toilet! when going in the middle of the night

Project update:

The new toilet was built to current Building regs. the walls are cold to touch so I am placing 25mm insulation on the inside.
Unfortunatly the space we had was really tight due to a sewer pipe as it is we have built along side the pipe.

The insulation might need to be glued to wall place timber battens between insulation so that I can later clad walls with ply & hang shelves

Have clad two walls and already room is warmer.
I now have to move a socket, surface mounted box so it is above the insulation. more insulation coming Tuesday

Updated on 13/10/2014

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