Greet has renovated her dwelling in one year

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Kelly Penen
Date: 05/05/2020

Greet has renovated her dwelling in one year

Greet from Herentals renovated her house in one year. "You can also renovate bit by bit, but we chose, since we didn't have to live in the house at that time, to immediately 'put an end to it' and to go for a total renovation. Kamp C gave tips during the renovation process.

How did you end up at Kamp C?

Greet: "The house we live in is part of a neighbourhood. We live on the edge of that neighbourhood. We bought my parental home at the end of 2016. In 2017, the district was nominated by the city of Herentals to participate in 'The Warmest District 2020'. We received an invitation from IOK to participate in an information evening about this. In the meantime, we had already hired an architect to assist us with the thorough renovation of our house. She submitted a building permit application at the end of February 2017. During that information meeting, we informed the IOK employee about our current building application. The man then said that we would not be eligible for their project because the intention was to make group purchases that could only start in 2018. He then advised us to contact Kamp C in order to optimise our renovation.

An employee of Kamp C made a site visit. He asked what interventions we had planned to make our house as energy efficient as possible. That afternoon we received all kinds of tips and information that we could apply further during the renovation. We also went to Kamp C itself to get an explanation about the different applications for energy and insulation".

What is the year of construction of your house, is it an open or semi-detached building?

Greet: "Our house was originally built in the sixties. My parents, along with many other young families, moved into the neighbourhood in 1967. Our house is a terraced house, we are the second house in a row of eight connected houses".

You've completely renovated your house, what things have you renovated?

Greet: "We actually stripped the whole house. The roof was completely renewed, twenty centimetres of insulation was added. Solar panels were installed. The windows and doors were replaced, we now have triple glazing everywhere. The plaster was removed from the walls to make room for new ones. Several inner walls were removed to make rooms larger. The foundation for the new part was dug, we used the maximum building capacity at the back. The kitchen and our bedroom are in the new part. The bathroom that was upstairs has been moved to the ground floor (where the kitchen used to be). The whole electricity network was renewed. The radiators were removed and replaced by underfloor heating with a condensing boiler. Under that underfloor heating is PUR, this is insulation foam. The place where the basement is, was insulated on the ceiling of the basement. We installed a demand-driven system D. The existing facades were given a new look by means of insulation plates on the outside and stone strips. In addition, we connected our two toilets and the washing machine to the cistern".

What difficulties did you encounter during the renovation?

Greet: "During the renovation, everything actually went pretty smoothly. Only when pecking the floor slab to install the underfloor heating did the neighbour of two houses come to have a look because he felt it vibrate in his house ... That man is at the end of the eighties and told us that the eight houses were built on one concrete slab in the sixties. My parents both died so they couldn't tell us anymore, we are glad the neighbour did inform us. We contacted our architect, she advised us to stop the pike works. The contractor then had to come and grind out the entire floor plate up to half a meter from the walls. The different contractors also followed each other nicely, only finding plasterers was difficult. Many could only start months later, in the end we found a company that was willing to carry out the works. It turned out afterwards that they had outsourced under contract.

Did you bump into any regulations? Which one?

Greet: "The regulations, this is a separate story. It took us almost six months to get our first building permit. At the start of our project, our architect had made an appointment with the city of Herentals. When she explained our plans there, she was told that if we submitted our application together with the insulation on the outside and the stone strips, the application would be rejected anyway. We were also only allowed to use a brick that was brownish-brown for our rear building. At the end of 2017, our architects then submitted a second building application concerning the insulation of the outer walls and the installation of stone strips. For this we had to call in the help of the mayor at that time and the advice of IOK, urban planning was difficult in all areas. At first we did not get a permit, the mayor at the time, after I bombarded him almost daily with e-mails about the insulation standards and the project 'De Warmste Wijk 2020', has drawn the longest straw during the numerous meetings about our application".

In how much time have you renovated your house?

Greet: "The entire project ran from the submission of the first building application in February 2017 until our move in July 2018. At that time, we did not yet have a kitchen, bathroom furniture, interior doors or pickled cupboards. They came to install them at the end of September 2018. The contractor's work started in July 2017."

Why did you choose rapid total insulation?

Greet: "We lived in Oevel before our move and sold our house there to return to our roots in Herentals. The sale of our house in Oevel was completed in March 2017, we had to move there to make room for the new owners. Because the renovation of our current house was not yet finished, in fact it hadn't started at all, we could move into the house of my aunt who was going to a retirement home for a year. Her house was to be sold, but because we needed a roof over our heads for the time being, they postponed the sale for a year. The clock was ticking inexorably during the renovation, we had to hurry, everything had to be almost ready after that year. You can renovate bit by bit, but we chose, since we didn't have to live in the house at that time, to immediately 'put an end to it' and go for the total renovation".

What did you think of the services of Kamp C?

Greet: "Kamp C emailed us several times during our renovation to inform us how everything went. We had been working with our architect before contacting Kamp C. However, during their visit to our property at the beginning of our project, they gave us some very useful tips on energy consumption which we then passed on to the architect so that she could use them in our renovation. We are very satisfied with the end result and if we had to do it all over again we would certainly get back the advice from Kamp C".