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Description - Maintaining and Repairing Old Houses by Bevis Claxton

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, including 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, so 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781847970350
ISBN-10: 1847970354
Format: Hardback
(246mm x 189mm x 19mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: The Crowood Press Ltd
Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Bevis Claxton

Bevis Claxton is a conservation architect with experience of repairing and adapting old buildings including historic properties open to the public, churches and old houses great and small, listed and unlisted. He is a regular contributor to magazines and co-founded the website www.oldhouse.info to help owners of old houses gain an understanding of the benefits of appropriate care, and an appreciation of those traditional, common-sense techniques that can be obscured by modern-day building practices.

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