We had a kitchen extension built at the back of our Victorian the house some
6 years ago. The last couple of years a number of hairline cracks appeared
in various places at that end of the house, which we attributed to
settlement of the extension (and the particularly dry summers we were
experiencing). These cracks have been mainly in my daughter's room (the
kitchen is below) and the bathroom which is adjacent to her room.
Since then worryingly bigger cracks have appeared in our bathroom
(horizontally and vertically), the grout has cracked down the corners of the
room, around the windowsill etc and all around the walls towards the
We asked a local surveyor to come and look and he said it was to do with the
fact that one particular wall in the bathroom wasn't well supported as the
joist ran the wrong way underfloor (the bathroom is a triangular shape - cut
out from another room at some stage in the house's life). He told us to
move the heavy furniture away from the wall on the other side (in my
daughter's room) - which we did, but the cracks have got worse.
On top of all this cracks have now appeared all the way up the stairs where
the wood skirt is now coming away from the wall, the dado rails are moving
slightly too. The ceiling downstairs is showing lots of new cracks....I
could go on and on....and I thought it was all to do (initially) with
settlement of the extension. The whole bloomin' house seems to be on the
We want to redecorate our daughter's room but I'm loathed to start because
it's bound to crack again as soon as we have decorated.