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Period Property Manual: Care and repair of old houses (Haynes Manual) [Hardcover]

Ian Rock
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7 Jun 2012 Haynes Manual
Britain has a wonderfully rich stock of period houses everything from medieval cottages to Georgian townhouses and Edwardian mansions. But many of these historic properties are now at risk. Some are unwittingly damaged by well-meaning owners or incompetent builders; others suffer long-term deterioration where mortgage lenders have imposed quick-fix 'remedies'. Despite being some of the most sustainable buildings on the planet, many old houses are now being subjected to ill-advised works to upgrade thermal efficiency, resulting in the destruction of the very qualities that make them so appealing, slashing their values. Haynes have come to the rescue with this clearly written, lavishly illustrated manual explaining the correct approach to care and repair covering the full range of traditional materials. Every old house has a story to tell, so Haynes also show how to explore your home s history and strip back modern finishes to reveal long lost original features. This comprehensive manual is essential reading whether you want to get your hands dirty or just want to understand how old houses work and how to go about employing specialist craftsmen. TABLE OF CONTENTS How old buildings work: Common sense solutions to damp and timber problems: How to avoid expensive mistakes and quick fix scams: How to repair and upgrade old houses using traditional methods and materials: Step by step photo features showing essential repair skills in action and how to tackle key jobs: Appropriate ways to boost thermal efficiency: Assessing cracking when to start worrying?: Listed buildings & conservation areas : How a simple maintenance programme can prevent expensive repairs: How to pick craftsmen who understand heritage skills and manage building works: CHAPTERS Is An Old House Right For You?: How Old Buildings Work: Home Improvements: Roofs & rainwater fittings: Walls: The Wonder of Lime: Timber Frame: Structural movement: Timber, Rot & Beetle: Chimneys, Flues & Fireplaces: Ceilings, Internal Walls & Joinery: Floors: Windows, Doors & External Joinery: Decorations & Finishes: The services: Living for Today: Outdoors: Maintenance:

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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857330713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857330710
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 21.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ian Alistair Rock is a chartered surveyor and the author of several popular Haynes House Manuals. After witnessing the neglect and unnecessary destruction of historic buildings in the late 1980s, Ian was inspired to start his own business to secure their future through repair, conservation and conversion. Today he is the director of a residential surveying consultancy, (recently advising Channel 4 on their Blitz Street TV series with Tony Robinson), and a well-known speaker at property conferences.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This old house - who cares? 9 July 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Ian Alistair Rock's book 'Period Property' covers a multitude of scenarios for the care and repair of old properties. Therein lies its main fault. The book is
instructive and informative, but only on a very general level. It is perhaps over-ambititous to call it a 'manual'.
Because the book is linked to the famous name of 'Haynes',
long associated with car repair manuals, the expectations
of the purchaser are pitched at a certain level. Those expectations may not met by the product.

And product it is - much of the content is pictoral and
covers such a wide range of property types from stone to timber frame that the reader is left wondering how useful the book has actually been to their own individual period property. Haynes manuals are primarily aimed at the DIY
market and therein lies the rub - will the book help you to
'care (for) and repair old houses'? The answer is that it will give you a useful nudge in the right direction and it will help you talk to builders and carpenters about how repairs should be done and make you sound knowledgeable - but only up to a point.

So who should buy this book? My suggestion is that it will be of enormous help for those buying a period property for the first time - and this is especially true if the property is a timber-framed house - or DIY builders looking for hints and tips. It will also be useful for those embarking on contact with local authority 'conservation officers' whose job it is to ensure that inappropriate building methods and materials are not used in the renovation process.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The right book at the right time! 10 July 2012
Format:Hardcover
We bought this book just after moving into a listed townhouse in need of `a little updating' (to quote the estate agent). It actually came in really useful helping us understand the correct way to tackle all the various improvments big and small.
We actually changed some of the materials we were going to use after reading about the damage that modern cement and some paints can do to old buildings.
Unlike a lot of books on this subject that are worthy but dull, the text is written in a user-friendly way and the illustrations and use of good colour photos really help make complex subjects clear. It rightly promotes traditional solutions, so you should at least come away with a good basic knowledge of traditional building crafts and repairs.

There's a number of classic Haynes manual step by step features that take you thru all the stages for repair jobs like pointing brick and stone walls, mixing lime mortar, lime plastering, limewashing etc, even replacing a solid floor. Purists might object to the way it sometimes weaves in curious historical facts with the 'how to' stuff but that makes it intresting reading.
If you don't want to crack on with these jobs yourself it gives a very good idea as to what the builders should be doing. I would recommend this book - it's well written and easy to follow covering most of the main areas that you would expect in a lot of detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book 22 Nov 2013
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as somebody who undertakes both architectural design work on old buildings as well as survey work, I have no hesitation in recommending this well priced and well produced book. As I have found with other Haynes property manuals, i.e. the 1930s house and the Victorian house the language and style of writing will be accessible to people without much building knowledge.
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A really good book especially when considering how many other books or even pamphlets I’ve bought that have failed to cover half of what this book has covered comprehensively, and especially good for those who want to use lime in building whether it be in bagged form or lime putty. Top!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent intro to old houses 21 Oct 2012
Format:Hardcover
Contains a lot of info we could have used when we started renovating our house. Well worth reading even if you are only considering buying an old house.
Modern techniques applied to old houses cause worse problems and much of what we are doing is correcting past mistakes which have caused damp.
If nothing else, this book will help you find the correct tradesmen for the job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 30 Aug 2012
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Well written & photographed. Gives a great deal of wothwhile advice & reference details which have & will continue to be very very useful indeed
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