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Maintaining and Repairing Old Houses - A Guide to Conservation, Sustainability and Economy

By Bevis Claxton

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ISBN: 9781847970350
PAGES: 160
SIZE: 246x189 mm
INSIDE: 286 colour photographs & diagrams

Repairing, even just painting, an old house with some of today's conventional building materials could begin processes leading to decay, or bring about changes that erode interest and value.

This book introduces kinder alternatives, these include traditional and sustainable repair methods and philosophies that can also preserve the character and fabric of the smallest old house and which need not cost the earth. Many old houses were built in the days before fossil fuels were exploited, they were designed to be sustainable - and still can be. The author shows the reader how to prepare old houses for the future by considering the balance between preservation and energy-efficiency.

Starting at the top with chimneys and roofs, and working down through the building, the author examines external walls, rainwater disposal, doors and windows, internal walls, floors and ceilings, building services, damp problems and the importance of 'breathability' and ventilation.

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" This book does exactly what its title proclaims, providing a professional and useful guide to the conservation, sustainability and economical management of old houses. It addresses the principal issues of the domestic dwelling including roofs and chimneys, external and internal walls, windows, doors and floors with commentary on grants, regulations, tax and insurance. Highly recommended, this book would serve the professional or informed builder undertaking maintenance and repair of an old house or historic buildings of domestic scale. "
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" This well organised book is a welcome addition to the resources available for anyone thinking of living in an old house - and anyone thinking of 'doing up' a house should have to read this first, like learning the Highway Code before getting behind the wheel of a car. "
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Reviewed By: SPAB Cornerstone magazine

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