Everything you ever wanted to know about old houses - under one roof...

Thinking of buying an old house or living in one?  We've experienced almost 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 understand your home, and get the most from it. Our main office is in Shropshire, run by the lovely Sarah. 

Pete started Heritage Consulting - he was a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation until they failed to comprehend that damp proofing was fraudulent! He's a geochemist and geologist. Heritage House, and Heritage Consulting are very much a part of Pete's professional life. 

The Team are members of the RICS, or the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), and share a variety of conservation qualifications. We have the best team of Conservation surveyors in the country. We are THE leaders in damp and moisture problems in old houses. Peter is one of the authors of the new RICS 'Investigation of Moisture and its effects in Traditional Buildings'. The team are proud of their unique knowledge of damp and timber problems in buildings. We bring understanding and simple solutions to people's 'damp' problems.

Our business is Heritage Consulting - helping you with every aspect of working with Heritage buildings. 

We conduct Building Surveys on any old house - whether Listed Grade 1, Grade 2* or Grade 2, or an old Victorian town house.  We are the scourge of the Timber and Damp industry (or the Property Care Association, home of the damp wally) - our Timber and Damp surveys turn the myth of rising damp on its head.  We'll tell you if your house really IS damp, and why. How to deal with it, how to maintain it, and what it'll cost.

The definition of an old house: 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.  Where does the moisture come from?  Mostly you - cooking, breathing, living.

Everything on 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 and VENTILATION!

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, paint bubbling and flaking off walls, mouldy wallpaper, leaky or rotting timber frame, stonework deteriorating? These are typical problems with old houses. We help with sensible solutions, and show you WHY the problem is happening, and how to prevent it in future, often with subtle changes in lifestyle. 

Need a survey?  We have more experience, qualifications and technical expertise than most other Chartered Surveyors in the country - our team works in most counties.  Historic Building surveys, Listed Building surveys, Structural surveys, Pre-Purchase building surveys, Timber and Damp surveys - We work with you to explain how the property is built, how to overcome problems, what things can cost. We make sure Listed Buildings are legal! If you want a Heritage Consultant, Period Property Surveyor, damp survey, or just help in general with maintenance - you just found one..

Latest Videos
Pete and Corey discuss 'flood resilience' in old buildings
A frank discussion between conservation experts about work done to old homes that have been affected by floods. Here we ...
Flood damage and old buildings
Pete gives some important advice for folk who have been affected by the floods. It's, as always, about breathability. Do...
The Environmental Health industry - incompetence being taught...
I got a letter via a client from an EHO - demanding he damp proofed a house. This led to looking at how they are trained...
Damp Cellar Part 2
Now we had down into the cellar to look at the ventilation. By now you will realise that I hate tanking. In about 99% of...
Damp cellars and basements - how to dry them out
Don't be conned by people telling you to tank a basement or cellar. Start with ventilation and breathability. Here we ta...
Damp Problems in your old house

We are THE leading specialists in the country dealing with damp problems in houses. Our Timber and Damp Surveys explain the reasons and causes of damp, and how to deal with them - simple, logical, easy to understand. We never suggest chemicals, tanking or injection damp proofing. We save clients many thousands of pounds in unecessary damp proofing 'quotes' from PCA salesmen, often recommended by RICS Chartered Surveyors.

Surveying your House

Our Historic Building Surveys are tailored to your needs - whether to investigate Timber and Damp issues, or a full Structural Building Survey. In our Listed Building Surveys , we look at building history, how its built, what with, whats wrong, and what repairs may cost. We specialise in Surveys of Timber Framed Properties - having extensive experience of re-building historic timber framed buildings, mostly Grade 1, Grade 2*, and many Grade 2. We work all over the country from London to Devon and Scotland.

Timber and Damp surveys in London

The PCA and member companies like Kenwood, Peter Cox, Rentokil are making millions out of Timber and Damp surveys in London.  We show you how to avoid these fraudsters, and enjoy a warm, dry home without resort to any damp proofing.

The Fraud of Rising Damp

The term, 'Rising Damp' was invented by the chemical industry in 1962. Damp proofing is promoted by the PCA or Property Care Association. Start here for everything you need to know about avoiding being scammed by these horrible, fraudulent people.

Best Fraudulent Damp Survey

This is one of the best Case Histories I have ever seen of Mis-Sold 'rising damp' treatment.

An Irish client and his magnificent restoration blog

Our client, John, wanted help with this restoration - it led to this great blog.

Recent News
Breathable Masonry Paint

The topic of Breathable Masonry Paint is probably one of the most common questions that I'm asked about. To understand it, you have to delve into the meaning of...

RICS Dampness Methodology Statement

Some time back, the RICS published a load of stuff about dealing with damp. I was very critical of it.

I'm delighted to say that I was invited to meet up with some of the...

Pete's on BBC Radio 4 now!

Pete recently did an interview on BBC Radio 4 - You and Yours - which investigated a case history of failed cavity wall insulation.

An Irish client and his magnificent restoration blog

Our client, John, wanted help with this restoration - it led to this great blog.

The Haynes Manual for Period Property

Ian Rock has written another of his great books.  This one is even better - We've helped Ian with this one and there's loads of photos of our guys doing timber frame work.  A great book, with lots of practical information you need if you have an old home.  Treat yourself and buy this - you won't regret it!

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