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Everything you ever wanted to know about old houses - under one roof...
Do you live in an old house, or maybe just thinking of buying one? Over the years, we've seen and experienced just about everything that can go wrong with one. We work on properties from early medieval stone cottages to Edwardian townhouses. This website is dedicated to helping you understand your home, and get the most from it.
What IS an old house? It's very simple - an 'old house' is a structure built with solid walls (stone, brick, timber frame) using breathable materials. Most problems with old houses result from inappropriate use of modern building materials which prevent your house from 'breathing' - things like cement and gypsum plaster, emulsion paints and waterproofing.
Everything within this site relates to old buildings. The techniques and materials are essential to old houses, but they equally can be applied to new ones. You Cannot apply new house techniques to old houses! The Golden Mantra - BREATHABILITY!
If you don't believe me - have a look at the Historic Scotland climate change blog: Traditional Buildings are Cool
Is damp a problem? Flaking plaster, hollow render on walls, paint bubbling and flaking off walls, mouldy wallpaper, leaky or rotting timber frame, stonework deteriorating, things just getting creaky and rotten? These are typical problems with old houses. We can help with sensible solutions, and show you WHY the problem is happening, and how to prevent it in future.
We're on BBC Restoration Home ....
The guys are all excited... they're watching each other on the telly... Restoration Home - and a little timber frame in Abbey Lane, Southam...
High Technology and Old Houses
We've just taken delivery of our new Thermal Imaging Camera - which apart from costing a lot of Pete's hard earned money, is helping us to map dampness in old houses. We can now show thermal images which demonstrate where cold areas are encouraging condensation. We are also studying thermal performance of insulation, and working out how to ensure that houses don't lose heat through 'cold bridging' - gaps in insulation, damp walls, and small holes in the building fabric.