Project photos for the conversion of the five-bed HMO at Hey Street, Wigan, Gtr. Manchester.
This project completed in January 2017.
As usual we start by moving the existing door casings, loose wall paper and cupboards.
As with a lot of properties in the NW the bathroom was in the outrigger. We striped it out along with everything else in the property.
Moving the stairs
The stairs went through the middle of this property. This restricted what we could achieve so we decided to move them to the side of the property.
Chopping out the old stairs
Circular saw, sledgehammer, crowbars and brute force!
New steels fitted
The property was structurally unsound so we fitted steels (the red beam in the picture) to strengthen in key areas. We got measurements from a structural engineer and involved Building Control to ensure full compliance.
A blank canvas
By opening up the whole of the upstairs we could form the rooms in accordance with our architects plans. The ceilings were a mess so we build frames to hold the plaster board.
Over time the roof joists had pushed out the top three course of bricks so we undertook remedial work to put the strength back in.
New ceiling frame being fitted.
Some first fix electrics showing too.
Stud framing upstairs
We’d now use metal rather than timber for this work as it’s quicker. The guy in the photo is John, one of our plumbers.
Downstairs framing and cables
You can also see the reverse of the new stairs that we fitted.
New stairs fitted
The old stairs used to go from bottom left to right in about the location of the opening at the end of the pink boards. This gave us many more options to work with.
Ready for plastering and decoration.
This property has a bathroom on the ground floor and a shower room on the first floor.