Restoration & Refurbishment Question

Order of work in bedroom that needs new electrics and new skirting


I was wondering if you could advise on the order or work to be carried out in a small room within a period conversion.

The room has an old chimney in and I think everything needs to be re-damp proofed and re-plastered as it looks like nothing has been done for at least 20 years so everything needs to be checked and refreshed. I have removed layers of wall paper and stuff and the walls look very messy with some hairline cracks and some deeper cracks around chimney breast area – it looks like it will need a lot or work.

I’ve also pulled up carpet as I will put wood floor down. The skirting is also old and there is an old radiator that also needs to be removed.

I would also like to get some new electric sockets in and maybe some small spotlights on the ceiling.

The room is a tricky shape with sloping walls and not much of a flat ceiling – it is all period.

Would this be the correct order:

I. Remove old skirting
II. Remove radiator
III. Electrics – new sockets and any re-wiring and any new ceiling spotlights
IV. Replaster
V. Add new skirting

I am not having a new radiator installed as I am going to have under-floor heating – the radiator will open up new walls space.

Also, I would ideally like a new window fitted – would it make sense to have this done at this stage before the new plaster –

The entire room needs to be re-done every inch.

Many thanks,

2 Answers


Answered 19th Aug 2014


Member since 19 Aug 2014


Yes thats almost right.

But you should hack off any loose plaster any cracks should be racked out.
Then your electrics and plumbing 1st fix
skirts you've mentioned.
Make sure all walls are PVA'd prior to any plastering.

I hope this helps

Answered 19th Oct 2017

TM Carpentry and Building Solutions

Member since 25 Jul 2017

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