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Old House Care and Repair

Author/EditorCollings, Janet (Author)
ISBN: 9781873394700
Pub Date01/05/2004
BindingPaperback
Pages208
Helps owners, builders and construction professionals make the decisions that are right for old buildings. This book illustrates the long term benefits of using more traditional solutions on older houses rather than modern materials like cement based mortars, sealants or impervious paints.
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Owners of old houses are often baffled by the confusing advice they receive from their builders, architects or surveyors who may be more familiar with repairing modern buildings than dealing with the issues associated with traditional houses. Old houses generally require a different approach, one, for instance, which takes account of their need to 'breathe'. Modern solutions do not always recognise that need. This book will help owners, builders and all construction professionals make the decisions that are right for old buildings. It illustrates the long term benefits of using more traditional solutions on older houses rather than modern materials like cement based mortars, sealants or impervious paints. It offers practical guidance on: How to get the right professional advice; Legal requirements for listed buildings; Problems with damp and rot; Use of lime mortars, plasters and renders; Why old buildings need to breathe; Planning applications; and, Trees, outbuildings and gardens.

Owners of old houses are often baffled by the confusing advice they receive from their builders, architects or surveyors who may be more familiar with repairing modern buildings than dealing with the issues associated with traditional houses. Old houses generally require a different approach, one, for instance, which takes account of their need to 'breathe'. Modern solutions do not always recognise that need. This book will help owners, builders and all construction professionals make the decisions that are right for old buildings. It illustrates the long term benefits of using more traditional solutions on older houses rather than modern materials like cement based mortars, sealants or impervious paints. It offers practical guidance on: How to get the right professional advice; Legal requirements for listed buildings; Problems with damp and rot; Use of lime mortars, plasters and renders; Why old buildings need to breathe; Planning applications; and, Trees, outbuildings and gardens.

Janet Collings is an architect who specializes in the conservation of historic buildings and runs her own architectural practice. Early in her career she was awarded a scholarship by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings to study the care and repair of old buildings. In additions to work on a wide variety of old buildings she has rescued a listed house from a county buildings at risk register, organizing or carrying out much of that work herself. This book shares her experiences as a designer, owner and conserver working with old buildings.

Introduction; The nature of old buildings; Legal responsibilities of ownership; Professional help, money and time-scales; What causes old buildings to decay; Maintenance, repair and what to avoid; Alterations and extensions; Preventative measures and wildlife; Interiors and their care; Surrounding an old house; Trees and gardens; Conclusions; Appendix - lime; Further reading; Websites; Index.

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