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    I know there's a few old country cottagers on here so I thought I'd canvass your opinion on exposing period features.

    Just cut out a section of floor panel to install a hearth in front of my fireplace - what I found was that chipboard floor panels have been laid on batons with polystyrene insulation over an original flagstone floor resulting in a thickness of approx 70mm.

    This is an old thatched cottage & the headroom is severely restricted especially in the living room - getting this 70mm back would make all the difference. Restoring a period feature also is appealing.

    Anyone done anything like this before? I guess there are pitfalls like cold & damp & the main one playing on my mind is ripping up the existing floor to find that the flagstones don't extend as far as I thought or are in a really bad state of repair meaning I have to relay another floor.

    Unfortunately, there's only one way to find out.....
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    Our house is 1920's so not an old cottage but my view is people are only too quick to cover the period features up and the end result generally looks a lot worse. e.g. our house has four fireplaces, only one was in use, I opened up two more and it looks better and gets better airflow.

    You might find the chipboard(!) is covering up some issues that have been hidden away, probably just an uneven floor but maybe damp (ironically made worse by the addition of wooden flooring and double glazing.
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    If you decide to go for it bear in mind that you might have to change the doors and patch the walls (if a drywall was slapped only extending to the new flooring) as there will be a gap at the bottom and also there will be a step/tripping hazard on each doorway, unless you lower all rooms accordingly.

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    what he says, but be careful you haven't just uncovered the original hearth.
    you might be best taking up some unobtrusive bits at the opposite corners to get an idea of the extent of flagstone floor.

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    Yes, find a corner out of the way and lift it to check there as well.
    Be prepared for your simple little project to get expensive quickly.

    And if the bottom of the walls isn't plastered down to the original floor level, just put in oak skirting
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    You could also try lifting one of the flagstones to see if there's a older layer of Saxon flagstones under that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OwlHoot View Post
    You could also try lifting one of the flagstones to see if there's a older layer of Saxon flagstones human remains under that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rl4engc View Post
    Our house is 1920's so not an old cottage but my view is people are only too quick to cover the period features up and the end result generally looks a lot worse. e.g. our house has four fireplaces, only one was in use, I opened up two more and it looks better and gets better airflow.

    You might find the chipboard(!) is covering up some issues that have been hidden away, probably just an uneven floor but maybe damp (ironically made worse by the addition of wooden flooring and double glazing.
    Yes - the wooden batons were completely rotten.

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    If you decide to go for it bear in mind that you might have to change the doors and patch the walls (if a drywall was slapped only extending to the new flooring) as there will be a gap at the bottom and also there will be a step/tripping hazard on each doorway, unless you lower all rooms accordingly.
    I was thinking of getting a nice bit of hardwood with a chamfer on it to butt up to the raised areas.

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    what he says, but be careful you haven't just uncovered the original hearth.
    you might be best taking up some unobtrusive bits at the opposite corners to get an idea of the extent of flagstone floor.
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