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Afternoon all,

I live in a 100 year old Victorian terraced house and we are the end of terrace house.

Under our stairs - plan attached - we have what I would call, or what it is used for, a small larder space which drops down from the remaining ground floor level. To explain this you for myself - with no building knowledge or background - you step up once into the house and you step down out of the house at the back door.

The larder space is therefore at a lower level than the remainder of the house and it has a small stained glass window out into the side return.

We have a lot of stuff stored in here so I don't often pay much attention to it, however upon clearing it out recently I notice some of the paintwork crumbling away from the brick. I left it alone, however I have now noticed that it has worsened considerably and some of the face of the brickwork at the lowest level has crumbled away - photos attached.

Does anyone know what is likely causing this and how I might rectify to avoid any major issues going forward? I had someone mention that it might be because it is below the DPC level?

I have also highlighted another area in the dining room where wallpaper has started to crumble and some mould appear - is this possibly due to condensation or is it a larger problem? The gable end walls are always very cold, especially when the cold weather comes along, and we did have a mould issue in our bedroom before we removed the built in wardrobes. Being a proeprty of this age I am guessing they are solid walls.

Many thanks in advance.

giggsy85


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Lay some membrane then raise the floor level, if theres a door either leave slightly open or fit a vent.
Same as the other rooms, make sure theres good air flow.



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cotswold builders wrote:
Lay some membrane then raise the floor level, if theres a door either leave slightly open or fit a vent.
Same as the other rooms, make sure theres good air flow.


Thanks for the advice. The floor is currently tiled - do you mean to dig this up?

In terms of a membrane do you mean to apply this to the wall also?


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You can leave the floor down, lay the membrane letting it up the walls to the height of new floor level, trim it up after you have laid the floor.
Depends on the depth, you could lay some insulation board, then a sand and cement screed over.



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