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Replacing a solid floor with a suspended one

Postby Cheryl Morris » Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:31 pm

We have a farmhouse in France built of stone (walls 2 feet thick) on very heavy clay soil.
If we dig out the old floors (tiles on earth) to a depth of 550mm and replace with wooden suspended flooring, is it likely to damage the structure of the house? I am concerned about everything drying out too much and undermining the structure. So far we have almost completed one room with 2 airbricks to the outside and there will be air vents to the communicating rooms.
Your advice will be greatly appreciated. This is a massive project and we would like to get it right without the house falling down!!
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Postby stoneyboy » Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:14 pm

Cheryl Morris,
If in digging out for the suspended floor you expose the bottom of the walls I would think you may be creating problems. Many really old properties were built without any foundations and I would suggest you find a specialist in France who is experienced in dealing with these properties.
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