MiTek’s Posi-Joist™ has become a regular feature in George Clarke’s Remarkable Renovations; a popular building renovation shows.
The hit UK channel 4 show follows the stories of people breathing new life into unused and unloved buildings, transforming local landmarks into unique family homes that celebrate their past.
The series reveals some remarkable builds; and in two recent episodes MiTek’s Posi-Joist appears as an integral part of the design and build.
George meets a couple who are transforming a derelict 19th-century coach house into a multigenerational home, and in another episode, newly-weds turn a 200-year-old barn into a stunning country home.
Hennie Viljoen, Marketing Manager, MiTek South Africa said: “It’s fantastic to see Posi-Joist being used to deliver some incredible designs and exceptional builds.
“Posi-Joist enables wider spans to be built so in Erin and Oliver’s barn, interesting design quirks like a glass floor could be accommodated. Architecturally impressive and structurally sound the toughened glass floor allowed light to travel from the roof to the ground floor, making the space even more spectacular.”
As well as rebuilding the dilapidated barn the couple timber clad two extensions turning one of the rooms into a plant room to house a ground source heat pump transferring thermal energy into the barn – a fantastic eco-friendly way to heat the barn.
Hennie added: “During the show you see electrical and building services being installed and run through the Posi-Joist steel webs. The simplicity this adds to construction has seen Posi-Joist become a staple of many builds.”
“Built as a simple structure the barn is transformed with Posi-Joist, retaining the beauty and charm of the original building with the added comforts inside of 21st century living.”
In the second episode George follows the story of a Staffordshire family who convert an old coach house, where its original brickwork and roof trusses are retained, but all other rotten timbers are replaced. A new modern timber frame structure is built inside the original shell, to blend contemporary design with traditional features.
Seeing the build progress, George Clarke compliments the new building structure and its joists, saying how “it makes such a difference, strapping the older building together, making it clean and flush and everything level”. He adds:
“I love the beams you’ve put in; much better than solid timber joists.”
During the episode the couple comment on how much more practical the Posi-Joist is than traditional solid timber structures, allowing the services, wiring, and heating to run through them, commenting: “while more expensive it’s the trade-off of making everything that follows that much easier.
“We won’t compromise on cost for the structure of the building.”
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, material shortages and the disappointment of project delays, both couples complete their projects to settle into their dream homes and very special pieces of architecture.
You can watch the episodes on More 4 here https://www.channel4.com/programmes/george-clarkes-remarkable-renovations
Or alternatively catch it on BBC Lifestyle https://www.bbcafricachannels.com/channels/lifestyle