Thanks. I don't know enough about plastering to be able to say what should have been done, but yeah, some kind of edge stop detail to keep them straight would have helped. I wonder if I should have put the plywood up first and let him skim onto it? It's not as bad as it looked in my previously posted pictures; I haven't put in all the screws on the top edge yet so most of the panels are bowing towards the room making it look worse. If I run out of things to do over christmas I might just take down the top panels, scrape the low points and make it more even and then put them back up. A lot of faff for some minor aesthetics though, but it is bugging me.
I didn't consider underfloor heating tbh, I assumed it would be more expensive than I was willing to spend and more work. I think I'll be happy with a roll around electric heater. Most of the time I spend in there will be work shopping so I'm moving around staying warm anyway.
Thanks for all the flooring suggestions, I have much to mull over. I think I'll do the window and door reveals next and hopefully the weather will warm up so I can stick the cladding onto the sides and free up the floor.
Its a common problem that I run into regularly at work. Spreads always seem to leave a bulge of plaster at the top and bottom of a wall, this leads to frequent arguments between chippys such as myself and plasterers as when we come round to fit skirting boards we have to hack off big lumps of plaster in order to get the boards to sit flush against the wall without massive gaps between the skirting and the wall. Traditionally this was solved by fixing grounds (a thin piece of timber with a 45 degree chamfer cut into it so that a lip sticks out of the wall) to the wall below the line of the skirting, this did two jobs:
With regards to the ceiling / wall join, there is a reason why lots of houses have coving as it is an easy way to cover up wobbly or bulging plaster.
As @pryally says a strip bread would have helped you here but hindsight is always 20/20.
As I see it your options are:
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