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

Live in an old house, or buying one?  We've seen and experienced almost everything that can go wrong with one.  We work with early medieval stone cottages and timber frames to Edwardian and Victorian townhouses. This website is dedicated to helping you understand your home, and get the most from it.

Pete wages war on the timber and damp industry!  Learn how to avoid damp problems. The latest scams... cavity insulation, external and internal wall insulation, all of which will destroy your building. Learn how the Property Care Association (PCA) scams the public for millions every year.

Need a survey?  We have more experience, qualifications and technical expertise than any other Chartered Surveyor in the country - our team works all over the country.  Historic Building surveys, Listed Building surveys, Structural surveys, Timber and Damp surveys - we do them all, and work with you to explain what we see, why we see it, and how to overcome any problems. We tell you what things can cost, and we make sure Listed Buildings are legal!

Latest Videos
Lime Torching in an old roof
Our new London office - torching the underside of the coach house roof with lime. Traditional alternative to roofing fel...
Mixing and making Hot Lime mortar
We are building a new office in our London base - an old coach house. Here the boys are making hot lime mortar in readin...
Forge Paint Removal
We show the process of paint removal from an old house covered in plastic masonry paint. This traps moisture into walls....
Opening up an historic timber frame - many problems..
We surveyed this house, and warned client of potential problems. After negotiating allowance for repairs, they have comp...
Rising damp - Nope - its broken drains!
It's been suggested this property needed damp proofing and tanking. We gave the thermal imaging camera a workout, and fo...
Damp Problems in your old house

We are THE leading specialists in the country when 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 frequently save clients many thousands of pounds in unecessary damp proofing 'quotes' from PCA salesmen.

Surveying your House

Our 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

<p>Rising Damp was invented by the chemical industry. 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 people.</p>

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
RICS prove they don't understand damp

I've just seen this staggeringly incompetent blog on the RICS website.  This is the kind of mis-information that is being fed to homeowners all over the country - and...

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.

It's Condensation Season!

The phone is running off the hook with calls about condensation. Find out how to solve your issues.

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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