Houses We Rewire…
Every house rewire is different, but there are certain houses we rewire more than others…
Heres an insight to the typical houses we rewire across Glasgow and Paisley.
Rewiring Glasgows Tenement Flats
The majority of Glasgow’s tenements were built between 1880 and 1914 and constructed of red and grey sandstone. You will find these iconic tenements scattered all across Glasgow and Paisley, many of these flats still need rewired. HomeRewire Scotland Rewire loads of these flats particularly in areas such as Shawlands, Dennistoun and the West End of Glasgow.
The flat position can have an impact on how difficult they are to rewire. Generally top flats are easier to rewire as there is a communal attic space which we can access and can carry out the lighting wiring from above.
Rewiring bottom flats can be easier if there is good space below the floor. Some Glasgow and Paisley Tenements have a basement area which makes the electricians job to rewire easier. This space allows the electrician to wire the sockets from below and clip the cables easily as they can crawl around underneath.
The lighting circuits can be very difficult in bottom flats because there is no access for the electrician to wire above. The electrician would need to access the neighbours home above to carry out rewiring, but this is not practical.
Middle flat rewiring is the most difficult. The rewiring electrician will have no access above and no access below. The only way to do the lighting on these flats for example, is to cut small holes in the ceilings.
The floorboards are usually big thick tongue and groove timber boards which can be difficult to lift, or have been lifted so many times before they are needing replaced. Some tenements have really small timber floorboards that look fantastic but can be very difficult to work with.
The walls in these flats are mostly made of brick and lath/plaster. Between the floors of the flats there is thick gravel and dust called “deafening” this can be very messy when rewiring. The ceilings are usually very high at over 3m and have decorative cornice throughout which is a beautiful feature, but difficult for rewiring.
The wiring usually found within these flats is old VIR cloth core or even lead wiring which dates back over 80 years.
This wiring should be replaced as soon as practically possible.
One of the issues we see on these flats is electricians rewiring the socket circuits, but avoiding the lighting circuits because they are difficult and usually involving working around ceiling cornice. This results in many flats having a real mish mash of different wiring.
We recommend when possible, to fully rewire you’re flat by rewiring all circuits at once to reduce future maintenance intervals. A qualified electrician will be able to tell the likely age of the wiring within these flats, and whether they need rewired.
HomeRewire Scotland can rewire most Tenement 1,2 and 3 bedroom flats in just one day with costs starting from around £1995+VAT for a one bed flat.
Rewiring Glasgows 3 Bed Semi Detached Houses
Across towns like Bearsden, Milngavie, Clarkson, Giffnock, Newton Mearns and Jordanhill you will find a very popular 2 and 3 bed semi detached houses which we know as a “John Lawrance” build. They consist of a lounge at the front of the house, a kitchen and diner at the rear and then 2 main bedrooms upstairs, with a small box room as a third room.
These houses are generally pre-war and have old antiquated wiring that should be replaced. In terms of rewiring these 2 and 3 bedroom houses they should be fairly straightforward. There is usually an attic space the electrician can use to wire cables through, and most often there is some access below the floors.
The wall in these properties are mixed but usually you will find brick, plasterboard and some unusual fabrics such as “bellrock” which is a brittle cast plaster, or “eggbox” which is plasterboard with card internal. Rewiring through these walls can present some challenges but HomeRewire Scotlands Electricians have experience working with these buildings. We can rewire this homes in 1-2 days, with costs starting from £2995+VAT.
Rewiring Glasgow & Paisley – Small Apartments
Across Glasgow and Paisley you will find many small 1-2 bedroom flats needing rewired, within pre fabricated tower blocks. A large portion of these homes are council owned, however there are also many privately owned flats in areas such as East Kilbride.
East Kilbride Rewires are very popular for HomeRewire.
In the small tower blocks usually 5-7 levels high they install conduit systems at the build stage. The idea behind conduit systems is they allow the electrician to pull the cables through the existing conduit tubes and rewire the property without any damage to the decor.
When rewiring flats in towns such as East Kilbride we can pull new cables through the existing tubes, however it’s not guaranteed to work. We find that over time the conduit systems have became rusted, corroded and even snapped in places.
Small flats and apartments with conduit systems can be very easy or very difficult depending on how well the conduits have aged. These properties are usually constructed with concrete on the floors and ceilings which means if we can not run cables through the conduits. These rewires can become very difficult.
HomeRewire Scotlands Electricians can rewire all small apartments and flats within just one day with costs starting from £1995+VAT for one bedroom flats.
Electrical Rewiring Detatched Bungalows.
You will find the same detached bungalow in many areas across Glasgow and Paisley, known as Keanie and Lawrance builds which is a reference to the builder.
They were built around 1930 and most prominently found in areas such as Newton Mearns, Milngavie, Bearsden, Ralston, Giffnock, Netherlee, Barrhead, Renfrew, Cardonald, Rutherglen and Clarkston.
Typically these bungalows have had the attic space converted over the years but there is still a useful soffit area where the electrician can crawl around and run wires in. There tends to be good space under the floors of these homes too which makes rewiring bungalows easier.
We often see alterations to bungalows such as flat roof extensions. Extensions may have newer electrical wiring, and may not need rewired, but if they do they can be difficult due to the flats roof. The walls in these bungalow are typically brick and you may find lath and plaster on the external walls.
Rewiring Bungalows can be done in 1-2 days including plaster repairs, with costs starting from £2995+VAT.
Electrical Rewiring – New Builds Houses
HomeRewire Scotland rewire so many old houses that we call anything build after 1980 a “new build”.
What defines a new build is really the construction of the property which would be timber framed. The internal walls will usually be made from plasterboard which makes the rewiring job easier for the electrician. Plasterboard walls will also create less dust and mess when cutting compared to brick. One of the difficulties for electricians rewiring new builds is the flooring. The flooring is usually tongue and groove chipboard flooring, and installed in large sheets. This can make rewiring difficult as we can not easily lift a floorboard and instead have to cut the flooring and re-patch it.
The wiring in properties built in 1980 still be in good condition. It may not need rewired if the insulation resistance results are good. The wiring is still 40 years old though, and many of our client prepare to have this wiring replaced, perhaps before they decorate. We usually find that the wiring might be in good condition but there has many many poor alterations to the system over the years. Many client prefer to get this all sorted and organised before commencing with other works.
HomeRewire can usually rewire these homes in 1-2 days with costs starting from £2995+VAT.
Electrical Rewiring Wimpy Build Homes.
One of the big house builders George Wimpey was building around 1300 houses per year before the war broke out. In the immediate post war period, building control prevented any substantial return to private housebuilding and Wimpey concentrated on the local authority market. By the early 1950s Wimpey was building 18,000 local authority houses a year. Many of the local authority owned homes are rewired by the local council as part of a maintenance contact, however there are a many ex council owned homes which are now privately owned and have not been part of any maintenance programme. Many of these homes still have the original 1950’s wiring and should be rewired as soon as possible.
Many wimpy homes have whats known as “No-fine walls” this was a way of building walls from concrete which was poured without sand. Its formed into small chips which are easily broken. These walls can be extremely difficult for an electrician to work with so its important to choose an electrician who has experience in working with 3 bed 1950s wimped homes.
Around 1960 Wimpey began building again within the private housing market. By 1972 Wimpey was building private houses at an annual rate of 12,500, some three times the rate of its nearest competitor. As such you will fine thousands of wimpy style homes across Glasgow and Paisley. Our experience tells us that many of these 1970s houses still have the original wiring, which is now over 50 years old.
The wimpy style homes are very prominent in areas such as Bishopbriggs, Kirkintilloch, Lenzie, Renfrew, Kings Park, Carmunnock, Paisley, Newton Mearns, Bearsden, Milngavie and Pollokshields.
We usually rewire Wimpy style homes in 1-3 days with costs from £2995+VAT.
Rewiring Large 4+ Bedroom Detached Houses.
In around Glasgow and Paisley there are some fantastic large plot homes usually detached with extensive gardens. Rewiring houses off this size once would have seemed a mammoth challenge but using HomeRewire Electricians we can completely rewire some of the largest homes in just 3-4 days. We do this by putting our full workforce in the project, and calling on the years of electrical experience we have. Typically the owners of such large homes will design the electrical installation from scratch and incorporate many features such as networking cabling or additional outside lighting.
Large period homes are usually from the 18th century and as such are loaded with beautiful original features throughout. Many even have original items like the servants doorbell in working order!
HomeRewire Scotland have been involved in rewiring some stunning homes over the years and we relish the challenge on the most difficult projects.
In terms of rewiring large 4 bedroom houses there are many difficulties such as old crumbling walls, original floorboards, cornice and pelmet, timber paneling, limited access and then of course there are dangers lurking such as asbestos materials which must be suitably tested.
You will find many of this large detached homes still with original wiring, even from when electricity was first introduced into homes around 1900.
This is fascinating…
Many of these homes were built before electricity was available in domestic homes!
In 1893 street lighting was first introduced in Glasgow.
In February 1893 around 112 arc lamps lit parts of Sauchiehall Street, Renfield Street, Union Street etc
In 1895 there were 20000 public lamps working throughout Glasgow.
Domestic Lighting in homes was slow to develop with only 855 consumers in 1896.
In 1901 there were approximately 3000 consumers of electricity for domestic lighting in Glasgow.
Many power stations where build and around 1912 a new regulated 240 volt supply was developed.
By the 1930s there was approximately 145000 domestic consumers
By 1948 there were approximately 250000 domestic electricity consumers
Fast forward to 2020 and here we are rewiring, upgrading and maintaining those original installations some of which are over 100 years old….
These magnificent homes steeped in history can be found in areas such as Jordanhill, Pollokshields, Broomhill, Glasgows West End, Paisley, Newlands, Langside, Giffnock, Queenspark, Cambuslang, Muirend, Strathbungo, Burnside, Kilmacolm and Shawlands.
Cost to rewire these houses can vary but a good starting point is £3995+VAT.
Listed Building Rewires
Over the years HomeRewire have been involved in a handful is listed building electrical rewires. It’s a privilege to be asked to work on such places and works like this often create many challenges for our electricians with regards to planning, permission, logistic and sympathetic judgement to the properties decor.
There are many wonderful listed buildings in and around Glasgows West end and we have travelled to places such as Troon and even Newcastle to rewire such properties.
Quality is paramount for our electrical installations. If you combine the quality installations with speed and experience you have the perfect formula to rewire even the most challenging properties.
HomeRewire Scotland are willing to rewire any type of property. The bigger the challenge the bigger reward and job satisfaction.
Cost and timescales for listed building electrical rewires is totally dependant on the property and should be planned accordingly.
Heres a case study from Converted Watermill Listed Building we completed in 2020.
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