Sound Proofing an Old California Bungalow Window
In old California Bungalow homes, it can be a real challenge to completely seal off and sound proof windows.
Often old windows, especially in our case, did not line up properly, the wood had swollen so many times it became different thicknesses and years of paint got in the way.
As we had the space in our window frames we were able to install a double glazing solution using cowdroys.
Initially we started by removing all the old glass and chiseling out any rotten wood and filling it with Turbo Builder's Bog.
Any uneven edges to the windows were planed off to ensure smooth closing and that it wasn't catching anywhere on the frame. Keep in mind to allow an extra few millimetres for paint.
We then used a couple of coats of Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Undercoat Primer Sealer Stain Killer and a water based gloss paint such as Dulux or Taubmans to bring the windows back to life.
Now it was time to glaze. We removed the original 3mm float glass and replaced it with Viridian VLam Hush Glass. This laminated glass has a thicker layer of laminate to ensure even less sound is passed through.
We then had to make sure any uneven gaps left due to the age of the windows were filled using a foam tape such as Moroday Self Adhesive Weather Seal.
Finally, we had installed a Cowdroy solution which not only provided another barrier to noise, thus increasing the sound proofing, but also still allows us to open and close the old windows as needed. This was the absolute grand finale for us.
Being on somewhat of a main road and our bedroom at the front of the house, as is the case with most California Bungalows, we now have a virtually silent bedroom with a sound proof old window that you can barely see.
5 Steps to Repairing a Crack in a Wall
The challenge you will find with older homes in Sydney's clay foundations, is that often they will have cracks throughout the house that no number of coats of paint will fix.
Our home, having not been loved for so many years, was riddled with cracks on a large number of walls. We had the house looked over by builders, architects and engineers to determine that the cracks had been there a long time and just never treated.
Once we started painting each room, we also took on the task of repairing the cracks to ensure a smooth and beautiful finish on our walls.
We found the best way to repair and men's these cracks by following the below 5 steps:
Step 1 - Carve out the crack:
By using a trowel, scrape the length of the crack, scraping away any loose render until the inner layer no longer has a crack exposed.
Step 2 - Fill:
Using a wide gap filler such as Polyfilla Interior Large Cracks and fill the crack as required. If needed, do one fill, wait for it to dry and if it has sunk, top up. If you ensure you use a wide crack gap filler the shrinking or sinking shouldn't be an issue.
Step 3 - Sand:
Once the gap filler has completely dried, sand it back using a fine sandpaper (such as 120 grit) to ensure there are no bumps or lumps in the wall.
Step 4: Top Coat Plaster (optional):
If you are in a home that has a super smooth top coat of plaster, you will need to run a very thin coat of plaster over the crack and the surrounding wall to ensure the same texture once it is painted over. Make sure you have a nice wide, flat plastering trowel and also wipe off any excess plaster in between applications.
Step 5: Seal and Paint:
Once all the above steps have been completed, wipe down the wall with a damp cloth to remove any extra debris and allow to dry. By using a product such a BondCrete, this will seal the wall, remove any extra dust particles and ensure a perfect surface ready for painting.
Once you are ready to paint, consider using a primer such as Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Undercoat Primer Sealer Stain Killer on the recently patched crack just to ensure no stains come through the paint. By using any good quality water based wall paint such as Dulux or Taubmans you will have a beautiful finish and virtually unidentifiable patched crack in a wall.
Top 5 Places to Shop for Fixtures and Fittings in Sydney
So you're almost there, the builder or contractor has been locked in, you have a start date on your renovation and now comes one of the most exciting parts... Shopping!
There is an overwhelming number of businesses that all claim to have the best range, best prices and best quality of their fixtures, fittings or products. Every second person will also have an opinion on what their favourite places are just to make it even more confusing.
Below is a list we came up with of our favourite places. These all pass our test which include service, price and opening times (this was always key for us due to our full time jobs)
5 Steps to Restoring Picture Rails
Purchasing and renovating an older home can be a true challenge. However the period features these home offer can truly be the difference between just a house and a beautiful and historical family home,
In this post, we will guide you as to the necessary steps in restoring picture rails commonly found in older period homes to bring them back to life or in to the 21st century.