Have just moved into my first home.... a 1st floor converted Victorian terrace maisonette. Currently the walls and ceilings are covered throughout with nasty woodchip so i'm basically just stripping everything to start with some nice clean lines. As i'm living in the house as I renovate, I'm having to work one room at a time.
Anyway.... on to my dillema. The living room is my first target and i've stripped most of the walls / ceilings. I was hoping to get away with just a skim but on one wall with a large front facing bay window as I was taking the radiator off the wall, the plaster has just crumbled away into dust. stripping further back it became obvious that when double glazing was at some point fitted, moisture has got into the wooden frame supports, these have rotted away under the window frame and caused the plaster to weaken. The window is still securely in place and siting erfectly happy on the front course of brickwork.
Basically, I'm wondering where the damp came from, is it appears to be sound frontally and sealed..... and also how best to go about reparing / preparing for the plasterer. I don't see removing the window and refittting it as an option.
Any advice gratefully appreciated.