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Old House Handbook
A Practical Guide to Care and Repair
Here, for the first time, is a completely authoritative guide on how to look after your old house - whether it's a timber framed medieval cottage, an eighteenth century urban terrace or an example of Victorian or Edwardian speculative development. Taking it's lead from the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (who have approved and authorised this volume), the book's approach is one of respect, restraint and repair rather than 'restoration' which can so easily and permanently destroy the rich historical legacy of any old building. Providing richly and deeply informed practical guidance on everything from breathability and damp to structural movement, roofs, windows and doors, this is the essential reading for anyone with an old house in need of any kind of repair or maintenance.
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Provides richly and deeply informed practical guidance to preserve the rich legacy of any old building. Scottish Sunday Mail A sumptuous, yet immensely practical book which should inspire legions of people foolish enough to dream of buying an old, rundown house during a property slump. Oxford Times A starting point, rather than the complete answer. It shows what is possible, when to seek help, and how to carry out minor repairs of your own... It will provide the inspiration to make the rundown house they have just bought into the home they always wanted. Ham & High Anyone who works on old buildings or who lives in one must buy and then use this book. It is immensely practical, properly and helpfully illustrated and is a fitting up-to-date summary of SPAB scholarship and current thinking. This brilliant volume is the manual we've been waiting for. Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs This book is exactly what it says on the cover - a Practical Guide to Care and Repair of Old Houses, and it is a good, well-written beautifully illustrated book based in deep experience and passion for the subject. To produce something so complete and accessible is rare. I can only say to the authors: well done indeed. Building Limes Forum Newsletter "Location, location, location" used to be the rally cry when it came to property but this year we want people to think "maintenance, maintenance, maintenance!" Loughborough Echo