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Welcome to my Blog.

August 7, 2010

Lime plastering onto oak lathes

Welcome to my blog which aims to provide you with helpful information on buying, repairing and most importantly, maintaining your old home.

First things first…

I’m not going to sell you anything and this blog is not a front for some product or company. It’s basically my way of helping protect older properties (and their owners) from the modernists, speculative developers, general jobbing builder and remedial damp salesmen.

Having come from a trade back ground, I’m interested in mentioning local tradesmen and suppliers who will help you during your repair and restoration projects. Local for me is North London in England where I live and work.

Repairing and restoring an old house is both costly and time consuming, so you mighty like a little help from the real experts…

The gable is now ready for another 100 years!

The first thing I would suggest you do is think about joining the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (www.spab.org.uk). This charitable organisation will help you better understand your home with their excellent seminars, the Cornerstone Magazine and practical short courses throughout the summer. Finally a book to start you on the right track is The Old House Handbook by R Hunt and M Suhr. Its the best £25 you’ll spend.

By helping homeowners repair and look after their properties, older buildings that are not protected by legislation can be preserved for future generations. This in turn will retain and increase their value. 

I am guided by the philosphy promoted by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). Regular maintenance, minimum intervention and like for like repairs. A good example of this philosphy in practice is the bay window below.

Bay window before restoration began

The bay window pictured left could have been replaced with a modern double glazed version, instead it was repaired and restored back to its original condition by myself. 

The repairs required a significant amount planning, precision and patience, but I hope you agree the result was worth the effort. If properly maintained, the window should still be functioning correctly in another 100 years! 

 This blog brings together my skills as a carpenter and my observations as a surveyor to help you complete your repair projects to a satisfying conclusion.

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