It can be an incredibly rewarding experience to take on the renovation of a timber frame home. But what is involved when it comes to repair and maintenance?
We often adopt an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ approach when it comes to our chimneys, but restoring neglected stacks is money well spent, says chartered surveyor Ian Rock
Whether concrete or stone and wood laid over earth, old solid floors can be subject to a number of ailments
From cracks in the plaster to soundproofing (or lack of it), internal walls can throw up all sorts of problems in old homes. Step in chartered surveyor Ian Rock with the solutions
Ailing roofs need not spell disaster for a renovation project. From slipped slates to sagging roof slopes, chartered surveyor Ian Rock explains what to look out for and what’s involved in fixing common roofing problems
Repairing windows will help retain the character and charm of older buildings and can often be the cheaper choice in the long run. From rotten frames to panes that mist up, find out how to fix common problems
The charm and character that an original staircase can bring to a house is undoubtable, yet over time, subject to the usual wear and tear, they can begin to show their age. We explain how to restore an old staircase sensitively
Underneath the carpets in your new (old) house is a great wooden floor just waiting to be restored. The good news is that you can restore it yourself — the bad news is that, to do it properly, you’ll need to do much more than simply hire a sander
Damp is simply an excess of moisture that can’t escape. As expert David Kinsey explains, dealing with it requires a methodical approach to solving both the obvious and hidden causes
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