We are located in the city of Vitoria, Basque Country, near Avenida de Gasteiz, in a street parallel to Adriano VI and close to the Txagorritxu Hospital.
It was an apartment with concrete structure and classic distribution: hall, kitchen, bathroom, living room and three bedrooms. In this case, the client has more or less clear what he wants: he want to demolish two living rooms that are lined up to turn it into a large master bedroom and a large living room. The part of the corridor next to the room goes on to integrate it and in addition, we modify the access to the kitchen that is now made from a large sliding door custom manufactured in the middle from the room itself.
The buyer was encouraged by our seriousness, our previous works, and the fact that we give to the client complete freedom to choose and purchase directly the materials. The customer can choose wherever he wants, and even benefit from the possible discounts if there are. We collect the material, transfer it and go up to the apartment and then install it.
We protect the lift and the main entrance door to the building. In addition, we regularly sweep and clean the common areas. We want to avoid inconvenience to other neighbors who may, in turn, inconvenience the owner
The new distribution is made with brick partitions. We could have done them with plsterboard, too, but the customer prefers the traditional material.
Once the new partitions are built according to the new distribution, we focus on plumbing and electricity.
Regarding the plumbing, the property have a communal heating system. In addition, there is not a single entry point to the apartment, but the radiators communicate vertically those of some apartments with those of others. We simply change the location of the bathroom radiator, which now also becomes a towel rack, and we also cover with plasterboard the pipe of the main room to simulate a pillar. We also intall aluminum radiators with new taps and thermostats.
The existing electrical installation is obsolete and dangerous because it does not comply with current regulations.
Regarding the new electrical installation, We start with the installation of new corrugated tube throughout the apartment (an independent and direct line for each service, be it this lighting, general plugs, oven, washing machine, etc.), embedded by the walls and hidden in the false ceiling.
We never use old conductions (sometimes in lead material) because we have neither guarantees of their condition or thickness, nor that the electrical wire can be torn, ripped or damaged when inserted through the old tubes.
Subsequently we introduce the new electrical wire, with different sections depending on its destination (lighting, oven, etc.).
Regarding the electrical panel, we install a new one with a differential circuit breaker (to protect people’s life) and its independent magneto-thermic circuit breakers(to protect electrical installation and household appliances) for each service, according to regulations.
As we went forward in previous paragraphs, in the bathrooms and kitchen we gave the customer freedom (as we always do) to buy the tile and bathroom supplies (shower tray, screen, toilet, shower, wc, etc.) in the warehouse of his choice. We take care of the transportation to the apartment and its subsequent installation.
We make the plumbing installation completely new. In apartments of this age it is very common for the sanitary supply pipes to be rusty and completely corrupted and that the drains are lead and/or fibrocement (contained in asbestos). We replace everything with copper pipe for sanitary supply and PVC for drains.
We also made with doors and lamínate flooring: an AC-5 laminate flooring chosen by the customer was installed. Underneath we placed the so-called "blanket", thermal and acoustic insulation. Regarding the doors, we placed new pre-frames since the dimensions of the modern doors do not match the old ones and also the owners wanted to put wider doors.
It is our recommendation in all works of integral or partial refurbishing (provided the height of the house allows us) to install a false ceiling of plasterboard for two reasons:first, it gives us absolute freedom when designing the lighting with spotlights (whether or not combined with hanging lamps and wall lamps); second, in addition to the aesthetic factor, there are the thermal and acoustic factors: on the plasterboard is placed "rock wool" or other materials as a thermal and acoustic insulator, which gives the house a plus of comfort.
The original iron windows of the house presented a deplorable state. We changed them by modern PVC windows, with five insulation chambers, triple glazing with butiral and argon gas, aluminum shutter and monoblock shutter drawer.
As we say, we have also changed the windows throughout the house. We have installed PVC windows of the SHÜCO leading brand with 5 insulating chambers, with galvanized steel reinforcements, triple-glazed. Turn and Tilt wigwag system, hinges, ironworks and fittings Roto Frank of the highest quality that guarantee its perfect functioning for decades with a very comfortable degree of comfort.
To reduce the heat input from the outside we have installed glass with low emissivity treatment (glass treated with silver oxide) that reduce up to 80% the amount of heat (infrared rays) that enters the house. This treatment blocks the infrared radiations, which are the ones that transport the energy of sunlight, without limiting the amount or tonality of light that enters.
In addition we have used triple-glazed with ARGÓN gas, instead of air in the sealed chamber among the two glass sheets, in order to achieve a noticeable lowering of the coefficient μ. The explanation is simple physics: the transmission of cold - heat from one glass sheet to another is produced by the internal currents that exist in the chamber among glazings. Argon is a heavier gas than air and, therefore, taking longer to heat up or cool down, currents and thermal transmittance will be lower. The result is that we get a coefficient μ significantly lower.
The apartment featured a mixture of gotelé, wallpaper in several layers, paint on wallpaper. We cover cracks, apply a primer and three layers of paint.
When choosing the color of the paint, we offer the customer a table of colors - from which two or three colors are chosen - and a sample is applied to the wall so that the customer gets a plausible idea of the colors and makes the final choice.
Thus we reach the end point of the work which we deliver completely clean. Ready for living.
The customer was completely satisfied with the final result, the fulfillment of the promised deadlines and the treatment received by our company.