Villas used timber framing and wall cladding.
In any renovation, you’ll need to consider insulation and re-lining, and may have to deal with issues such as undersized framing or other structural weaknesses, and moisture.
Villas were typically constructed without insulation. Even with modifications, most villas fall below current insulation requirements. Read more.
In many villas, plasterboard linings have been installed either over or in place of existing match-lining. Where plasterboard has not been installed, one of the challenges of renovation will be installation of new linings. Read more.
Structural problems in villas include undersized framing and potentially dangerous structures such as brick chimneys with failing mortar. Read more.
Matching new framing and cladding to existing
New framing timber has different dimensions from original villa framing. Weatherboard dimensions are also slightly different. There are several ways to deal with these differences. Read more.
Villas have generally cope well with moisture because their structure allows air to circulate. But as they are upgraded and become more airtight, moisture can become an issue. Read more.
Problems with cladding
Common problems with cladding include lack of underlay, cracking in masonry, and corrosion. Read more.