The consultation can cover anything you would like.  Peter (or another member of the team)  undertake full surveys of historic buildings from the cellars to tips of the chimneys - we can guide you through the history of the building - how it has evolved, how it was built, what materials were used and why.  From this, we will devise a plan of action to help restore or maintain the building, coming  up with specifications, materials and helping to find suitable people to do the work.  He will even help supervise..  Sometimes this survey takes the form of a pre-purchase survey, helping you to work out if you can afford to buy the house, and what it will cost to 'do it up'.  We have been known to gently but firmly steer people away from a potential purchase.  

Damp issues are a big part of our work.  We have a range of technical equipment that monitors humidity and temperature - measuring moisture content of floors, walls, and the atmosphere in the house.  We diagnose the real source of any dampness, and comes up with solutions.  We use thermal imaging cameras, thermo hygrometers and carbide testing of moisture content in most of our surveys.  As Pete says;   " I need a sherpa to carry my kit with me these days..!"

To make a booking, please fill out the booking form. We will then make contact and discuss your requirements.  costs.  Please also bear in mind that our current workload means a waiting time of around 2 weeks for surveys - although we can sometimes help with urgent requests.  It is always best to email and we will get back to you with an answer as quickly as we can. 


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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.

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Guidance concerning Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings

This is the English Heritage Guidance document that covers almost all the issues I cover in this site.

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An Irish client and his magnificent restoration blog

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

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Rising damp is a myth, says former RICS chief

Stephen Boniface, former chairman of the construction arm of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS ), has told the institute’s 40,000 members that ‘true...

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It's Condensation Season!

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

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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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