When we acquired the building in 2004, we found that it had been modified and “updated” many times, but it was in need of a complete technical overhaul. The wiring was stripped completely and replaced with a modern system, including a new grid access. The plumbing and heating no longer worked, and were removed and replaced: reinforced polyethylene for all conduits, a HR+ propane heater, radiators, and underfloor circuits in the apartment. All ceilings were removed, as the insulation material was degraded, and replaced.
Though many renovations were achieved, the overhaul was never completed. To unlock the full potential of the building, it requires work. We do not wish to be mysterious about the required work, or to give the impression of a “ready to move in” product. What we are selling is a project. The building is sold “as is” and we have priced it accordingly.
• Roof: renewing the asphalt
• Second floor: ceilings need repair after infiltration
• Upstairs windows: replacement or repair
• Second floor: south side is currently undeveloped
The roof had its sealing redone, but the company did not use the right product, resulting in micro-infiltrations that caused water damage to the (new) ceilings. The roof needs a new coating and the ceilings need repairing. The framework for the ceilings is in place and can be reused, as is the insulation. The ground floor windows are single glazing; they are in good shape, but could benefit from thermopane for improved energy performance.
The building’s window frames on the second floor are in iron, which requires very regular maintenance. The frames have suffered from a period of abandon before we took over, resulting in damage to the frames and panes. Ideally they should be replaced entirely, since currently no opening windows exist in the building.
If the floor plan is to be redesigned, a redesign of the window frames can be included. The south side of the second floor has not been altered since we acquired the building, with the exception of utilities installation; meaning that there is electricity everywhere, hot and cold water, and the central heating is extended into the south side but not connected to any radiators.