House is a 1905 single skin detached with suspended floor in the lounge, bu t installation was fine enough despite the old fire being off-centre in the existing fireplace, so the fitters needed to move everything to the left a bit.
On cutting out the new hole, what we thought was detached plaster underneat h the lining-paper covered wall, the fitters exposed what appears to be a c hipboard lining with apparently a tar used to adhere the chipboard to the w all. As he pointed out, not exactly the most fire-retardant covering to ha ve in a house...
So we will be having the whole wall stripped back and re-covered reasonably quickly in the new year. Not DIY, but wondering what input I should / cou ld have on the spec of what is put in place.
It’s a fairly significant wall which faces broadly ESE, running for about 8m on a long thin room. There is one wooden double glazed window on that wall, plus a radiator (and the fire place), the main window in the ro om though is single-glazed original glazing, and the floor is suspended wit h bare floorboards. It is the coldest room in the house (before the new fi re is working) and can get a bit of a draught going if the wind is in the “wrong” direction.
Assuming we don’t really want to lose floor space (so I’m r uling out creating an air-gap with a batten frame etc), and at the moment a re constraining ourselves to thinking about only having that one wall re-do ne, what are the recommendations for materials assuming we get everything r emoved back to the brickwork? Are we likely to be creating ourselves some damp issues if we go for a top end insulating plasterboard etc?
Any pitfalls that I’m wilfully or unwittingly ignoring?
Thanks in advance for any tips!