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Old House Care and Repair
Owners of old houses are often baffled by the confusing advice they receive from their builders, architects or surveyors who may be more familiar with repairing modern buildings than dealing with the issues associated with traditional houses. Old houses generally require a different approach, one, for instance, which takes account of their need to 'breathe'. Modern solutions do not always recognise that need. This book will help owners, builders and all construction professionals make the decisions that are right for old buildings. It illustrates the long term benefits of using more traditional solutions on older houses rather than modern materials like cement based mortars, sealants or impervious paints. It offers practical guidance on: How to get the right professional advice; Legal requirements for listed buildings; Problems with damp and rot; Use of lime mortars, plasters and renders; Why old buildings need to breathe; Planning applications; and, Trees, outbuildings and gardens.
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...the balance between general principles and specific information should help owners understand their buildings rather better, tell them a bit about the legal framework, and issues such as choosing professionals, and brief them on the sort of questions they should ask their builder. Whether you are planning extensive repairs and alterations to your house, or simply want to know more about it and how to look after it more knowledgeably, this book is a good place to start. SPAB This is a book which offers practical guidance and essential information for historic building owners, professionals and their clients. Building Conservation JournalI Breathability ... a vital concept in dealing with older properties. They need to breathe, and many modern materials don't take this into account. There are solutions available, and you can find out where in Old House Care and Repair. Blackmore Vale Magazine